16 Merchant Bankers in Race for Managing LIC Public Issue

Bankers will present before the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management over August 24 and 25

16 Merchant Bankers in Race for Managing LIC Public Issue
16 Merchant Bankers in Race for Managing LIC Public Issue
PTI - 23 August 2021

As many as 16 merchant bankers are vying for the opportunity to oversee LIC's initial public offering, which is expected to be the largest in the country's history. These bankers will present before the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) over two days, August 24 and 25.

Seven international bankers, including BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets India, and DSP Merrill Lynch Ltd (now known as BofA Securities), will make presentations on Tuesday, as per a circular by DIPAM.

Other bankers that will be making presentations on Tuesday are -- Goldman Sachs (India) Securities, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India), JP Morgan India, Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India).

On Wednesday, nine domestic bankers will make a presentation before the officials of DIPAM, which is managing the government's share sale in LIC. These bankers will include Axis Capital Ltd, DAM Capital Advisors Ltd, HDFC Bank Ltd, ICICI Securities Ltd, and IIFL Securities Ltd.

Other bankers making a presentation on Wednesday will be -JM Financial Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Capital Co Ltd, SBI Capital Market Ltd, and Yes Securities India Ltd.

DIPAM had on July 15 invited application for appointment of merchant bankers for LIC IPO, looking to appoint up to 10 Book Running Lead Managers to handle the initial offering as a team. The last date for bidding was August 5.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had last month cleared the initial public offering proposal of Life Insurance Corp of India. The ministerial panel known as the Alternative Mechanism on Strategic Disinvestment will now decide on the quantum of stake to be divested by "The potential size of the IPO is expected to be far larger than any precedent in Indian markets," the department had said.

The government had earlier appointed actuarial firm Milliman Advisors LLP India to assess the embedded value of LIC ahead of the initial public offering. Deloitte and SBI Caps have been appointed as pre-IPO transaction advisors.

The listing of LIC will be crucial for the government in meeting its disinvestment target of Rs 1.75 lakh crore for 2021-22 (April-March). So far, this fiscal, Rs 8,368 crore has been mopped up through minority stake sales in PSU and the sale of SUUTI stake in Axis Bank.

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