Centre raises LIC’s paid-up capital to ₹25,000 crore to facilitate listing

Once listed, the company is expected to become the country's biggest firm by market capitalisation with an estimated valuation of ₹8-10 lakh crore

The Centre currently holds 100 per cent stake in LIC. Photo: PTI

The Centre has proposed to increase the authorised capital of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to a whopping ₹25,000 crore to facilitate its listing slated for the next fiscal.

The company that boasts of 29 crore policies has a current paid-up capital of ₹100 crore. Starting with an initial capital of ₹5 crore in 1956, LIC has an asset base of ₹31,96,214.81 crore.

The authorised share capital of LIC shall be ₹25,000 crore divided into 2,500 crore shares of ₹10 each, as per the amendments proposed in the Life Insurance Corporation Act, 1956.

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The amendments proposed as part of Finance Bill 2021 will lead to the setting up of a board with independent directors in line with listing obligations.

According to one of the 27 proposed amendments, the central government will hold at least 75 per cent in LIC for the first five years post the IPO, and subsequently hold at least 51 per cent at all times after five years of the listing.

Up to 10 per cent of the LIC IPO issue size would be reserved for policyholders, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur had said last month.

The majority shareholder will be the central government which will continue to retain management control, safeguarding the interest of policyholders, Thakur said.

In her Budget Speech 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the initial public offering (IPO) of LIC would be launched in the next financial year, beginning April 1.

LIC, once listed, is expected to become the country’s biggest company by market capitalisation with an estimated valuation of ₹8-10 lakh crore.

The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), which manages the government’s equity in state-owned companies, has already selected actuarial firm Milliman Advisors for ascertaining the embedded value of LIC for meeting the government’s disinvestment target.

Deloitte and SBI Caps have been appointed as pre-IPO transaction advisors.

The Budget 2021-22 has set a disinvestment target of ₹1.75 lakh crore, higher than the ₹32,000 crore estimated to be garnered in the current fiscal.

Of the ₹1.75 lakh crore, ₹1 lakh crore is to come from selling government stake in public sector banks and financial institutions, and ₹75,000 crore would come as CPSE disinvestment receipts.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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