The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given in-principle approval to LIC’s initial public offering (IPO) while keeping the government’s plan alive.
A top official source said that the CCEA, in its meeting on July 7, approved the reworked plan for IPO finalised by the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), clearing several impediments for the country’s largest IPO.
“We have also fixed the way for the offer and how investors should be roped into the insurer. With this, the road has been cleared for the IPO that, in any case, we were planning for FY22,” the official said.
The highly placed source further told IANS that now the alternative mechanism (AM) or the Group of Ministers would decide on the timing and quantum of shares offered. The appointment of managers for the issue will also follow.
Post the Union Budget FY22, the government has taken several legislative and executive steps to pave the way for the mega IPO.
As per the amendments proposed under the Finance Bill 2021, the authorised share capital of LIC shall be Rs 25,000 crore, divided into 2,500 crore shares of Rs 10 each.
The capital market regulator SEBI has also eased the minimum public offer norms to pave the way for the LIC IPO.
In February, SEBI has decided to recommend changes in regulations. For issuers with post-issue market capital exceeding Rs 1 lakh crore, minimum public offering (MPO) requirement will be reduced from 10 per cent of post issue market capital to Rs 10,000 crore and 5 per cent of post issue market capital the incremental amount beyond Rs 1 lakh crore.
The government expects to bring the IPO around Diwali this year.
According to the Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) K.V. Subramanian, the LIC IPO may fetch the government around Rs 1 lakh crore.