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LIClisting:Analystsfearstockmaydipfurther

NEWDELHI:LifeInsuranceCorporationofIndia,thecountry’slargestlifeinsurerwithamarketshareof64.1percentintermsofpremiums,listedontheNSEatRs872at8.11%discountoveritsissueprice.ThescriptgotlistedatBSEatRs867.20pershare,8.62%percentdiscountoveritsissuepriceofRs949.ThesharesofthecompanyatdayendclosedatRs875.45pershareonBSEandatRs875.25pershareonNSE.TheinitialpublicofferingwasofferedatalowerpricebandofRs902pershareandhigherpricebandofRs949perequityshare.ThemarketcapitalizationofthecompanypostclosingstoodatRs.5.53lakhcroreasperBSEandRs.5.52lakhcroreasperNSE,whichmeansthatinvestorslostnearlyRs50,000croreonthestock’sdebutonMay17.Withthelisting,policyholdersandemployeesalsosawtheirinvestmentsturnnegative.LIChadofferedadiscountofRs60toeligiblepolicyholdersandRs45toretailinvestorsandemployees,whichtransalatesintoanissuepriceofRs889ashareforpolicyholdersandRs904forretailinvestorsandemployees.ThefirmraisedaroundRs21,000croreandwasvaluedatRs6.01lakhcroreatitsupperpricebandoftheissueofRs949ashare.AccordingtoBloombergresearch,LICwillbecomethesecond-worstlistingamong11firmsthatlistedgloballyandwhichraisedover$1billionthisyear.ASRMicroelectronicsCoLtdinShanghai,whichraisedalittleover$1billion,listedonJanuary14atanearly34percentdiscount.Analystsareconcernedthatthestockcoulddropfurtherasretailinvestorslookforlistinggains,littlegrowthprospectsforthelegacybusiness,risksoffurtherdisinvestmentbythegovernmentandtheabsenceofmajorincentivesforshareholders.“Webelievethatretailinvestorsarelikelytolookforlistinggains,sothereislikelytobesellingpressureonthestockinthenearterm.IfthestockfallsbelowIPOprice,itwillhurtallstocksinthissector,againnearterm.Thisdoesn’tchangethelongtermstory,buttellsyouthatifyouwanttomakemoneyfromthissector,youwillhavetobepatient.LICisaverydifferentbeastcomparedtootherpublicsectorgeneralinsurers-andyoushouldwaitforresultsoftheFY22(whichtheywillhavetoreleasesoon)beforeyoutakeabigleap…Rememberthoughthatthisisagovernmentcompanysoyoushouldnotgettooexcitedaboutitregardless,”saidDeepakShenoy,smallcasemanager.Thestockisa“goodportfoliohedgeagainstvolatility,”saidJayeshBhanushali,assistantvicepresidentforresearchatIIFLSecuritiesLtd.,butthesharescouldfaceheadwindsinthemediumtermifthegovernmentdecidestodiluteitsstakeinLICfurther,headded.A“3%-4%regulardividendcouldbeasweetenerthatwillmakeshareholdersstayput,”hesaid.“LICdidn’tpayanydividendsinthelastfinancialyear,sotherearehighchancesthatthecompanymightdeclareagooddividendthisyear,thusmakingitagooddividendplay,”saidSantoshMeena,HeadofResearch,SwastikaInvestmartLtd.“LIC’sdividendpayoutneedstobeattractivetokeepinvestors’faithinthestock,”saidChokkalingamG,astrategistatEquinomicsResearch&AdvisoryPvt.“Thestockhasplungedbelowthepriceitwasallottedtoretailinvestorsandifitfallsfurther,therehastobesomethingthatmakesinvestorsholdit.”Some,however,feelthecurrentdipistheperfecttimeforinvestorstoaccumulatethestockforthelong-term.Ifyouwanttobuyshareofcountry’slargestinsurancecompany,thismaybetheperfecttime.Thediponthepricehasgivenachancetothenewinvestorstoaccumulatetheirshareforthelongterm,accordingtoAjitMishra,VP-research,ReligareBroking.“WebelieveLICcontinuestobeasolidbetinthelongrunasitisaplayonthegrowthstoryoftheunder-penetratedlifeinsuranceindustry.Itssustainedmarketleadershipposition,robustpan-Indiadistributionnetwork,andshiftingfocustowardsprofitableproducts,thussupportingmarginsandimprovingpersistencyratios,willcollectivelymakeLICanattractivepickfromalong-termperspective,”saidBGopkumar,managingdirectorandchiefexecutiveofficer,AxisSecurities.“Newinvestorscantakeadvantageofthedipstoaccumulatethisshareforthelongterm…Thecompany’sfurtherdownsidewillbelimitedduetolowfloatpostlisting,”saidParthNyati,founder,Tradingo.LIC’sisthefourth-largestdealamongglobalIPOspricedthisyear.Itcomeswhenthereisadearthoflarge-sizeofferingsinfinancialhubsfromNewYorktoLondonandHongKong.Therehasn’tbeenanylistingexceeding$1billioninHongKongorEuropesofarthisyear.theweakstartalsobringsbackmemoriesofmarketdebutsbyanumberoflargepublic-sectorcompaniesthatfellbelowissuepriceonlisting.NewIndiaAssuranceCo.,listedinNovember2017,finisheditsfirstsession9%belowthelistingprice.Infact,ofthe21state-runfirmsthathavedebutedsince2010,halfarestilltradingbelowtheirrespectiveIPOprice.MacquarieCapitalSecurities(India)Pvt.startedcoverageofLIC’sstockwithaneutralratingandapricetargetofRs1,000.“ThecallhereiswhetherLICwillbeabletodiversifytheproductmixinfavorofhighmarginnon-parproducts,”analystsledbySureshGanapathywroteinareportTuesday,notingthattheinsurerhaslostmarketshareinindividualbusinessoverthepastseveralyearsduetolackofa“diversifiedproductportfolioandexcessivefocusonsinglepremiumandgroupbusiness.” WithinputsfromBloomberg Sourcelink

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