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ICICI Lombard allots Rs 1,620-cr worth shares to anchor investors

BS Reporter/Mumbai 14 Sep 17 | 09:15 PM

Chanda Kochhar, Chairperson, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Bhargav Dasgupta, MD & CEO, ICICI Lombard General Insurance and Kaku Nakhate, DSP Merrill Lynch during the IPO press conference in Mumbai (Photo: Kamlesh Pednekar)

ICICI Lombard on Thursday allotted 24.5 million shares to 64 anchor investors a day ahead of its initial public offering (IPO). The company’s Rs 5,700-crore IPO opens on Friday and closes on Tuesday. 

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The allotment was made at Rs 661 per share aggregating to Rs 1,620 crore. Some of the anchor investors include Nomura, BlackRock, HSBC, HDFC Standard Life and SBI Mutual Fund. 

The price band for the IPO is Rs 651 to Rs 661 per share. 

At the top-end of the price band, ICICI Lombard, a joint venture between private sector lender ICICI Bank and Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, will be valued at nearly Rs 30,000 crore.

The entire IPO is offer for sale (OFS) by ICICI Bank and Fairfax, who are offloading their 7% and 12% stake respectively. Post the IPO, the promoter holding in the company will be around 66%.

ICICI Lombard’s insurance product offerings range from motor, health, crop, weather, fire, personal accident, among others.

“At the upper price band of Rs 661 the issue is offered at eight times its FY17 book value (BV). While on the reported numbers it might appear to be fairly valued, we believe with strong potential to deliver high double-digit growth for next multiple years, the issue looks decently priced, and hence we have a a ‘subscribe’ rating on the issue," said Siddharth Purohit, senior equity research analyst- banking, Angel Broking in a note.

“At this valuation the issue seems expensive…In May 2017, Fairfax Financial Holdings sold 12.2% of its stake, held through a wholly-owned subsidiary FAL Corporation, valuing the company at Rs 20,000 crore (about 5.4 times its FY17 BV). The current issue valuation is at 8.1 times – a sharp increase in premium in such short span may not be justified," said a note by Centrum.

ICICI Lombard is the second IPO from the ICICI Bank stable in the past one year. Last September, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance had come out with a Rs 6,000-crore IPO in which ICICI Bank had sold its 12.63% stake. 

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