Govt amends FEMA rules to allow 20% FDI in LIC – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The federal government has amended guidelines of the Overseas Trade Administration Act (FEMA), paving the best way for as much as 20 per cent international direct funding within the insurance coverage behemoth LIC.
The federal government is planning to dilute its stake in LIC by way of the Initial Public Offering (IPO). LIC in February had filed the Draft Pink Herring Prospectus (DRHP) earlier than the markets regulator Sebi for the IPO.
Final month, Sebi gave approval to the draft papers and the insurer is within the technique of submitting a request for proposal with modifications.
Following the Cupboard approval, the Division for Promotion of Trade and Inner Commerce (DPIIT) on March 14 had amended the Overseas Direct Funding (FDI) coverage to facilitate abroad funding in LIC forward of the mega public provide.
FEMA notification was required to operationalise the provisions DPIIT issued by way of a press notice, together with FDI coverage modifications that can permit giant international portfolio traders to subscribe to shares of LIC.
“These guidelines could also be referred to as the Overseas Trade Administration (Non-debt Devices) (Modification) Guidelines, 2022,” stated a gazette notification issued lately.
The notification has inserted a paragraph within the present coverage, permitting as much as 20 per cent FDI in LIC by way of the automated route.
Because the international inflows’ ceiling for public sector banks is 20 per cent underneath authorities approval route as per the current FDI coverage, it has been determined to permit international funding of as much as 20 per cent in LIC and different such company our bodies.
“Overseas funding in LIC shall be topic to the provisions of the Life Insurance Corporation Act, 1956, (LIC Act) as amended infrequently and such provisions of the Insurance coverage Act, 1938, as amended infrequently, as are relevant to LIC,” it stated.
Setting the stage for the nation’s biggest-ever public providing, Sebi has accredited the draft prospectus on the market of a 5 per cent stake by the federal government for an estimated Rs 63,000 crore.
In line with the draft paper, LIC’s embedded worth, a measure of the consolidated shareholders’ worth in an insurance coverage firm, has been pegged at about Rs 5.4 lakh crore as of September 30, 2021 by worldwide actuarial agency Milliman Advisors.
Though the DRHP doesn’t disclose the market valuation of LIC, as per business requirements it might be about 3 times the embedded worth or round Rs 16 lakh crore.
The LIC public challenge is anticipated to be the most important IPO within the historical past of the Indian inventory market. As soon as listed, LIC’s market valuation will probably be similar to prime corporations like RIL and TCS.
Up to now, the quantity mobilised from IPO of Paytm in 2021 was the biggest ever at Rs 18,300 crore, adopted by Coal India (2010) at practically Rs 15,500 crore and Reliance Energy (2008) at Rs 11,700 crore. PTI DP


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