All eyes are set on Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) listing on Tuesday. LIC share will be listed on both the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at 10 am on May 17. The insurer behemoth’s initial public offering (IPO) received a stellar response from investors when it had opened for subscription. LIC IPO was booked 2.95 times over the 16.20 crore shares that were on offer during the subscription period.
LIC IPO opened for subscription from May 4-9. The price band was fixed at Rs 902-949 per share. For LIC employees and retail investors, there was a discount of Rs 45 per equity share. LIC policyholders were eligible for a discount of Rs 60 per share. LIC IPO was entirely an offer-for-sale (OFS) where the central government aimed to offload 3.5 per cent of its stake in the life insurer.
LIC Listing Today: What to Expect
LIC IPO listing comes at a time when stock markets across the world are extremely volatile. The grey market premium of LIC IPO has been hovering in the negative territory for the last couple of days due to weak global markets in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February. Last heard, the unlisted share of LIC was trading at a discount of Rs 12 in the grey market, according to IPO Watch.
Analysts expect a muted debut for LIC share on May 17.”Unofficial grey premium was trading down into negative territory mainly on the back of depressed global markets which are in the bearish zone since Russia – Ukraine war. Selling pressure continued in domestic markets wherein foreign institutional investments (FIIs) have remained net sellers. Considering all the parameters, we expect soft listing between 5 per cent discount to premium of the offer price,” said Prashanth Tapse, VP (research), Mehta Equities Ltd.
“While the grey market premium of LIC IPO suggests that there could be a negative listing but a probability of at par or slightly premium listing cannot be ruled out,” said Vinit Bolinjkar, head of research, Ventura Securities Ltd. As per current GMP, LIC share can list at discount of 25 Rs to the issue price, he added.
LIC IPO Valuation
On LIC IPO valuation, Yash Gupta, Equity Research Analyst, Angel One Ltd said, “At the upper end of the price band the LIC IPO is priced at P/EV (embedded value) of 1.1x which is at a significant discount to other listed private life insurance companies line HDFC Life, ICICI Pru Life and SBI Life. While LIC valuations appear to be cheap as compared to listed private player’s investors need to keep in mind that LIC has a lower valu to new business (VNB) margin of 9.3 per cent in 9MFY2021 as compared to private players who have VNB margins of 25-27 per cent.”
LIC Listing: What Should Investors Do?
“Given the market sentiments still alarming and volatile following the global headlines, LIC may also trade in muted mood hence we advise allotted investors not to panic and hold it for medium to long term. Those who are planning to buy on a listing day should accumulate by taking volatility as opportunity,” Tapse mentioned. “LIC is being offered at reasonable valuations and hence investors can hold on to the stock for long term gains,” Vinit Bolinjkar added.
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