LIC IPO: All Categories Fully Subscribed, Issue Booked By Over 200% And Counting

LIC IPO: All Categories Fully Subscribed, Issue Booked By Over 200% And Counting

New Delhi: The record ₹ 21,000 crore initial public offering (IPO) by Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) was oversubscribed by more than 2 times. As of 12:12 pm today, the IPO was booked 2.05 times as investors bid for 33.15 crore shares on the last day of subscription for India’s largest public issue, compared with 16.20 crore shares on offer, exchange data showed. LIC set the initial price band at ₹ 902 to ₹ 949 a share.

Here’s Your 10-Point Cheat-Sheet To This Big Story:

1.  All categories of the public offer were oversubscribed. The portion set aside for policyholders was booked 5.38 times, employees by 4.01 times, retail investors         by 1.72 times, non-institutional investors by 1.38 times and qualified institutional buyers by 1.17 times.

2. The LIC subscription is offering a discount to employees and retail investors of ₹ 45 per share. LIC policyholders will be offered a discount of ₹ 60 per share.

3. The state insurer’s mega IPO was open for subscription on Saturday and Sunday as well.

4. For an IPO, the ₹ 21,000 crore valuation would be the highest ever in the Indian market. Before this, the highest fundraise was seen in Paytm IPO last year at ₹ 18,300 crore and Coal India in 2010 at ₹ 15,200 crore.

5. The country’s largest insurer reduced its IPO size to 3.5 per cent from 5 per cent decided earlier due to the prevailing market condition.

6. LIC has been informing about the IPO for several months through various channels, including print and TV advertisements. It has also approached its policyholders through SMS and other mediums to inform them about the share sale.

7. Moody’s Investors Service said LIC’s IPO was credit-positive for India’s life insurance sector.

8. Demand for the IPO continued amid the interest rate hike by Reserve Bank of India and U.S. Federal Reserve.

9. The insurer had garnered around ₹ 5,627 crore from anchor investors ahead of the IPO.

10. LIC was formed by merging and nationalising 245 private life insurance companies on September 1, 1956, with an initial capital of ₹ 5 crore.

Source By : ndtv

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