GIC Re IPO opens today. Should you invest?

GIC Re is the largest reinsurance company in India in terms of gross premiums accepted in fiscal 2017


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General Insurance Corporation of India Limited (GIC Re’s) initial public offer (IPO) opens today for subscription. The company aims to garner over Rs 11,000 crore. The price band has been fixed at Rs 855 – Rs 912 per share. The IPO would be India’s third biggest ever, after Coal India’s Rs 15,200 crore and Reliance Power’s Rs 11,700 crore issues.

The IPO consists of an offer for sale (OFS) of 10.75 crore shares (12.5% stake pre-issue) worth Rs 9,804 crore at the higher price band and a fresh issue of 1.72 crore shares worth Rs 1,569 crore. The amount raised from the fresh issue will be used for augmenting the capital base to support future business growth and to maintain current solvency levels.

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GIC Re is the largest reinsurance company in India in terms of gross premiums accepted in fiscal 2017. The company, according to CRISIL Research, accounted for nearly 60% of the premiums ceded by Indian insurers to reinsurers in FY17.

Should you subscribe to the IPO? This is what leading brokerages and research houses across the country suggest:

PRABHUDAS LILLADHER

GIC Re showed strong net premium growth at 73% YoY mainly led by four‐fold jump in crop insurance premium collections in FY17 due to the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) scheme whereas fire insurance continues to grow stable at ~23%. GIC Re does not look to increase third party motor business and health group business which has historically had high losses and has not been a profitable business line. At the upper band of Rs 912, the company trades at 27.4x Mar‐17 EPS which we believe is fairly priced, but given the liquidity in the markets and company’s performance in the recent past, we recommend to Subscribe for long term gains..Read More

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SBI Life Insurance lists at 5% premium to IPO price of Rs 700

The stock listed at Rs 735, a 5% premium against its initial public offer price of Rs 700 per share on the National Stock Exchange.

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SBI Life Insurance Company made a quite debut by listing at Rs 735, a 5% premium against its initial public offer (IPO) price of Rs 700 per share on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

At 10:02 AM; the stock was trading at Rs 734 on the NSE. It hit a high of Rs 740 and low of Rs 730 so far. A combined 11.5 million shares exchanged hands on the NSE and BSE.

The company’s Rs 8,400 crore IPO was subscribed 3.587 times. The portion meant for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was oversubscribed 12.56 times, while that of non-institutional investors received 70% subscriptions and retail investors 85%, data available with the NSE showed.

SBI Life is a joint venture between India’s largest lender State Bank of India and BNP Paribas Cardif, the insurance holding company of France.

SBI Life Insurance IPO is the largest private insurer in terms of new business premium (NBP) generated with 20.04% market share and has assets under management (AUM) of Rs 97,700 crore. The company is riding on ULIP business (71% APE mix) which has lower regulatory risk, lower capital requirement and long term opex benefit, but also has lower margins and is highly dependent on capital market performance.

“SBI Life is increasingly focusing to improve protection business share which is high margin and have moderate opex. Hence, we believe Operating RoEV to remain stable at 23% currently and improve post over‐run margins to around 18% by FY19 from currently 15%. At the upper band of Rs 700, the company would trade at 3.18x Sep‐19 EV which we believe is fully priced and hence we recommend to Subscribe for long term gains,” analysts at Prabhudas Lilladher said in IPO note. Read Full Article

Seven ways to survive the stock market downturn

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With the down -22.56% since the closing peak of January 29, 2015, investors, especially those who entered the equity markets for the first time in the post-election rally, are experiencing a lot of pain. Here is what they should do to survive this downturn.

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Markets come off day’s low; Nifty reclaims 7,200

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Markets have recovered from their day’s lows, amid firm European cues, even as bank shares continue to lead the decline after a host of state owned banks reported huge losses because of higher provisioning on account of rising non-performing assets.

At 2:30pm, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 193 points at 23,828 and the Nifty50 was down 62 points at 7,236 after hitting an intra-day low of 7,177.75.

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Markets remain under pressure; IT stocks drag

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Markets continue their southward journey triggered by a massive sell-off in global equities. However, a revision in country’s GDP growth for the current fiscal year has arrested the free fall on Dalal Street.

At 2 pm, the S&P BSE Sensex was down 286 points at 24,001 and the Nifty50 was down 92 points at 7,295.

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Markets to settle, investors to go for India: Rajan

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Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday sought to ease fears amid the stock market plunge and therupee nearing its lowest-ever level, saying things will stabilise and people will look at stable emerging markets, including India.

The rupee, Rajan said, has been “relatively strong” in the emerging-market currency basket, but India is affected by the “same kind of jitters” hitting other world markets.

“My sense is that, at this point, if you are an emerging market, you focus on fundamentals, try and get inflation down, try and get your current account deficit down, keep your fiscal on target, do all the good things, and then people reward you,” he said in Davos.

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Investors “take the money off the table in a hurry when they are doing it everywhere, but then they come back”.

“My sense is that after the initial volatility, things will stabilise, people will try and look for the good, stable emerging markets. India is one of them. Our growth is pretty good, all the other indicators seem to be going well,” he told CNBC. Read Articles

Bharti Airtel sells Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone biz to Orange

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French telecom major Orange has acquired Bharti Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. The dealwas in the making since July last year when the French company was reported to take over operations of Bharti’s operations in a few African countries.

According to a company statement, Orange will acquire 100% stake in the two companies’ share capital. The size of the deal was not announced. The consolidated revenue of the two companies is around 275 million euros, Bharti Airtel said in a statement. Read Articles