The Indian government, deciding to take its chances with market moods, has launched the long-awaited IPO of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). This is entirely an offer for sale by the government to offload 3.5% of its holdings (2.21 crore shares) to the public, at an offer price band of Rs 902-949. LIC will not receive any proceeds from the sale. Retail bidders will get a Rs 45 discount while LIC’s policyholders will get a Rs 60 discount.
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On the LIC IPO, a lot is at stake. Rules have been bent, timelines collapsed and all the corners cut to meet deadlines and valuation numbers. The secondary market price is extremely critical for the government as it will decide the annual dilution of five percent that is likely to happen, to reduce the government ownership to seventy five percent over five years. So, for those who are worried about the price now, there is hope.
Star Health and Allied Insurance Co Ltd (Star Health), India’s leading standalone health insurer, is making an IPO worth Rs. 7,249 crore comprising a fresh issue of shares valued at Rs.2,000 crore and an offer for sale of Rs.5,249 crore. The issue will open on November 30 and close on December 2 at a price band of Rs. 870-900 per share. At the upper end of the price band, Star Health will be valued at Rs. 51,800 crore (~$7 billion).
Initial Public Offer. IPO. The magic term that brings forward so many emotions…and probably all falling into the bucket of ‘greed’ or ‘fear’. Nothing in between.
India’s IPO market has been throwing up many money-making opportunities lately. But for retail investors trying to get in on a piece of the action, bidding in IPOs is a frustrating exercise. But if you’re set on investing in IPOs, here’s a workaround through the mutual fund route.
Rs 18,300 crore. This monumental sum is what One 97 Communications Limited, which owns the Paytm platform, aims to mop up in the largest-ever IPO in our markets. To put it in perspective, it is almost twice the size of the largest IPO this year (Zomato at Rs 9375 cr), and as much as the 3 IPOs that we covered recently (Nykaa, FinoBank and PolicyBazaar) combined.
At a time when the revenue models for many fintech startups are ambiguous, PB Fintech – the company that houses Policybazaar and Paisabazaar – stands out. It has a clear revenue model driven by scalability that will likely pave the path to profits!
Fino Payments Bank arrives in the market today with an IPO – a public issue of Rs.1,200 crore comprising fresh issue of shares worth Rs.300 crore and offer for sale of shares worth Rs.900 crore by promoter, Fino Paytech, at a price band of Rs. 560-577 per share. The issue opens on October 29 and closes on November 2. The proceeds from the fresh issue will go towards augmenting the capital base of the bank.
FSN E-commerce Ventures, which operates e-commerce platforms in the beauty and fashion spaces under the brand name Nykaa, is launching a Rs 5,350 crore IPO that comprises a fresh issue of shares of Rs 630 crore and an offer for sale of Rs 4,720 crore.
If not the fund, should you invest in the fund house? The Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC IPO is open now, through which the AMC’s sponsors Aditya Birla Capital and Sun Life AMC will offload stake.
On the heels of Zomato, Burger King, and Mrs Bectors comes the Devyani International IPO. This company runs the KFC and Pizza Hut chains across the country. It has other restaurant chains too, but the bulk of its revenues come from these two. Devyani International is aiming to raise approximately Rs 1,838 crore through its IPO.
Glenmark Life Sciences (GLS) is a generic API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) manufacturer and a subsidiary of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. The Glenmark Life Sciences IPO is worth Rs. 1,514 crore, comprising fresh issue of Rs.1,060 crore and an offer for sale worth Rs.454 crore by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. Should you invest in the IPO of this high-value, non-commoditized API player?