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SBI Life IPO: Anchor investors invest Rs22.26b

Retail investors’ interest is expected to pick up further in the next two days

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Chennai: The 84 billion Indian rupees initial public offering (IPO) by private insurer SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd that opened on Wednesday is attracting good investor interest, a company spokesperson said.

In a statement, SBI Life Insurance said it has finalised the allocation of 31.8 million equity shares at Rs700 per share totalling Rs22.26 billion to 69 anchor investors.

Post anchor investors investment, the balance available for subscription by other categories is Rs61.74 billion.

The issue price band is Rs685-700 per share of Rs10 each. The issue comprises of offer for sale up to 80 million shares by joint venture partners State Bank of India (SBI) and four crore by BNP Paribas Cardif S.A.

The retail investors interest is expected to pick up further in the next two days. Normally investors in Gujarat would apply on the closing day and due to rains in Mumbai, the retail investor investment had slightly dampened, said an official associated with the issue.

The issue closes on September 22.

“We believe the Indian Life Insurance industry is in a phase of high growth and lower penetration will ensure the growth remaining higher for next couple of years. SBI Life with its strong brand name and wide distribution network is one of the best plays for Indian Life Insurance industry,” said Angel Broking in a note.

According to Angel Broking, at the upper price of Rs700 per share, the issue is offered at 4.2 times of embedded value of Rs165.38 billion higher than 3.8 times for ICICI Prudential Life Insurance.