The insurance behemoth’s price band has been fixed at Rs 902-949. The government will be offloading 3.5% of its stake in LIC. At the upper end of the price band, the issue is valued at Rs 21,000 crore. The issue will open for anchor investors on May 2. Shares will be allotted on May 12, and the stock will be listed on May 17.
Now investors can bid for shares in a lot size of 15 shares and multiples thereof. The maximum bid cannot cross Rs 2 lakh. There is an employee reservation of 1.58 crore shares, while 2.21 crore shares are reserved for policyholders. The government has reserved 10% for policyholders who will get a discount of Rs 60, while employees and retail investors will get a discount of Rs 45.
Policyholders who have one or more policies would be eligible to apply for IPO. In the case of joint policyholders, one of the two can apply for equity shares. PAN card details need to be updated in both these cases, and the applicant must have a Demat account. Moreover, policyholders with lapsed policies can also apply for the IPO.
Should This Concern You?
For years, LIC has been the investor of the last resort for the government seeking to bail out companies. If this continues even after the listing, it will affect the financials and investors’ interest in the stock. Several analysts have spoken about this earlier, and it will continue to be a major concern.
What Lies Ahead?
LIC IPO will receive bumper interest, but its financial road remains uncertain. And that’s because it has thousands of assets and investments, it will be difficult to value the company and its business. Also, LIC is losing market share to private players. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after it’s listed.