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LIC sets IPO price band at Rs 902-949, offers discount of Rs 60 for policyholders: Sources – Moneycontrol

The price band for the initial public offering of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has been set at Rs 902 to Rs 949, with a discount of Rs 60 for policyholders, CNBC TV18 learnt from government sources on April 26.

For retail and employees, the discount will be of Rs 40, the persons privy to the development told the news channel.

The much-awaited IPO of the state-run insurance behemoth is set to open on May 4, the sources said a day earlier, adding that the issue is likely to close on May 9.

The anchor book for the offer is expected to open on May 2, they added, further noting that there will be no greenshoe option in the IPO.

What’s new?

— The price band for the LIC IPO has been set at Rs 902 to Rs 949.

— India now expects to raise up to $2.74 billion from selling a 3.5 percent stake in LIC, a third of the original expectations and a billion short of the original projection.

— At the new rate, the government could raise $2.61 billion at the lower end of the price band.

— LIC valuation is now at close to Rs 6 lakh crore, from the earlier Rs 17 lakh crore expected.

— LIC IPO is set to open on May 2 for anchor investors and for subscription on May 4, and close on May 9.

— Employees and retail investors will be given a Rs 45/share discount, while LIC policyholders will get Rs 60/share discount.

— Besides policyholders and shareholders, the remaining shares will be allocated thus: 50 percent for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs), 35 percent for retail buyers and 15 percent for non-institutional investors.

— Of the 50 percent QIB allocation, 60 percent will be reserved for anchor investors.

— There will be no green shoe option in the IPO.

— Roadshows for prospective investors and analysts across Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Rajkot will end by this week.

— Sources told Reuters that online roadshows for investors in other regions will continue.

Processes in place

The Securities and Exchange Board of India on April 25 gave its nod to the updated draft red herring prospectus, which lists a 3.5 percent stake sale instead of 5 percent as mentioned in the previous draft papers, CNBC TV18 had reported.

The revised DRHP was submitted before the market regulator last week. The government, which wholly owns the insurance behemoth, plans to raise an amount of Rs 21,000 crore by selling around 22 crore shares which is equivalent to a 3.5 percent stake.

The red herring prospectus will be submitted before Sebi by April 27, it added.

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By seeking Rs 21,000 crore for the revised holding on the block, the government is targeting a valuation of Rs 6 trillion for the insurer.

The IPO, notably, holds the key to the Centre’s plan to meet its disinvestment targets. The government has pegged divestment receipts at Rs 65,000 crore for 2022-23, up from Rs 13,531 crore last fiscal.

The previous draft papers related to the IPO was filed with the Sebi in February, when the government had stated that it plans to sell 31.6 crore shares in a 5 percent stake sale in the state-run insurer.

The IPO plans, however, were deferred as the market faced volatility following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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