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August 29th 2017: ICICI Lombard OK withinvestor backing rival co

ICICI Lombard OK withinvestor backing rival co:

ICICI Lombard is beefing up its digital platform to consolidate its position as the country’s largest private non-life insurer even as partner Fairfax Financial Holdings prepares to pick up 49% stake in a rival non-life startup Digit. However, the private insurer does not see any conflict in Fairfax being the biggest shareholder by retaining close to 10% stake in ICICI Lombard.

Speaking to TOI, ICICI Lombard MD & CEO Bhargav Dasgupta said that the settlement with Fairfax has been amicable. “They are extremely bullish on general insurance — their core business — and they are very bullish on India. Fairfax was very keen to hold 49% in their India business,” Dasgupta said.

However, this was not possible as ICICI Bank‘s stated objective was to list its insurance subsidiaries. “Since they had to obviously dilute because of the IPO, it made sense for them to invest in a business where they could hold 49%,” he added.

 ICICI Lombard has been the first general insurer to file for an IPO through which Fairfax and ICICI Bank are diluting their shareholding by 12% and 7% respectively. “The company has 8.5% share of the Rs 1.28-lakh-crore non-life industry and has been growing at a compounded annual rate of 26.7% from FY15 to FY17” said Dasgupta. The non-life venture is valued by analysts at around Rs 30,000 crore. Going by current valuations the IPO is likely to raise Rs 5,700 crore.
For more details, click on the following link:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/icici-lombard-ok-withinvestor-backing-rival-co/articleshow/60266918.cms

 

 

August 24th 2017: Bandhan Bank initiates IPO process

Bandhan Bank initiates IPO process:

Bandhan Bank has initiated the process of an initial public offering (IPO). The timing of the IPO will depend on market conditions, Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, Managing Director and CEO, Bandhan Bank, said.

The bank is in the process of selecting investment bankers for its proposed IPO. “The process of selecting investment banks has started. It is a long process,” he said.

Bandhan is the first microfinance institution to receive universal banking licence in 2015. The Reserve Bank of India’s guidelines mandates the bank to get itself listed within three years from commencement of banking operations.

“As per RBI norms we have to get listed within three years; we are in the process,” Ghosh told newspersons on the sidelines of its second anniversary celebration here on Wednesday. The bank is not in a hurry to go for an IPO immediately as it is comfortable on the capital front.

For more details, kindly click on the following link:

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-and-banking/bandhan-bank-initiates-ipo-process/article9829217.ece

August 25th 2017: Five mega Insurance IPOs to raise up to Rs 40,000 crore by this year-end

Five mega Insurance IPOs to raise up to Rs 40,000 crore by this year-end:

Looking for protection from financial losses? While you may contemplating as to which insurance policy would be suitable to your needs given the plethora of policies, these companies are also coming out with their IPOs. There are five mega Insurance IPO’s lined up before the end of 2017 which you may want to consider. These companies are set to collectively raise up to Rs 40,000 crore before the end of 2017. These companies are HDFC Standard Life Insurance,  New India Assurance, GIC of India, SBI Life Insurance Company and ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company. Take a look.

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Five mega Insurance IPOs to raise up to Rs 40,000 crore by this year-end

August 25th 2017: Hero FinCorp in talks to raise Rs1,000 crore at $1 billion valuation

Hero FinCorp in talks to raise Rs1,000 crore at $1 billion valuation:

Hero FinCorp Ltd, the financial services arm of India’s largest two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp Ltd, is looking to raise up to Rs1,000 crore at a valuation of $1 billion at its next funding round, two people familiar with the matter said.

Credit Suisse, which was mandated to manage the fund-raising, has approached several large domestic and global private equity funds for a potential investment, the people cited above said on condition of anonymity.

The size of the stake sale has not been finalized and will depend on what the final valuation is in the forthcoming round, they said.

“The company expects to be valued around $1 billion,” said one of the two people cited above. In the last funding round, Hero FinCorp was valued at close to Rs4,000 crore, this person said. “Since then, the book size has grown significantly.”

For more details, kindly click on the following link:

http://www.livemint.com/Companies/lPAaUosafXK7m7sYES8ixO/Hero-FinCorp-in-talks-to-raise-Rs1000-crore-at-1-billion-v.html

August 18th 2017: PNB Housing Finance’s Journey to becoming the ‘fastest growing’ Home Financing Company in India

PNB Housing Finance’s Journey to becoming the ‘fastest growing’ Home Financing Company in India:

PNB Housing Finance in a span of last 5 years has gone through deep transformation and has done what many in this space would consider a miracle. Innovation and a serious look into talent management, PNB Housing has managed to create India’s fastest growing housing finance company. At the heart of its success is its ‘customer friendly’ tag.

For a company that was set up in 1988, as a public sector holding, the transformation really started with the divestment of 26% equity to New Silk Route. Sanjaya Gupta, MD & CEO, PNB Housing Finance caught up with Manisha Natarajan of CNBC-TV18 and said, “The real transformation started in July 2010, with the implementation of the PPP beginning July 2011 and it became very apparent for the people of the country in Oct 2012.” The changes became apparent in all aspects of the business thereafter. Transformation of employees, technological changes, revamping physical infrastructure, adopting a new target operating model and new brand positioning to change public perceptions, improved customer reach and augmenting the delivery model were all part of PNB Housing ’s massive revamping campaign.

For more details, kindly click on the following link:

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/features-2/pnb-housing-finances-journey-to-becoming-the-fastest-growing-home-financing-company-in-india-2363263.html

August 19th 2017: ICICI Lombard expects SEBI nod for its IPO in next 2-3 weeks

ICICI Lombard expects SEBI nod for its IPO in next 2-3 weeks:

ICICI Lombard’s plan to list on the stock market looks well in place. The due diligence for the 13 percent stake sale to private equity players will be completed by end of the month. The company is expecting a SEBI nod for its IPO in the next 2-3 weeks, reports CNBC-TV18’s Yash Jain.

For more details, kindly click on the following link:

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/ipo-business/icici-lombard-expects-sebi-nod-for-its-ipo-in-next-2-3-weeks-2363065.html

August 19th 2017: CSB shares trading at 25% premium in grey market

CSB shares trading at 25% premium in grey market:

Shares of Catholic Syrian Bank are trading at around 25% premium in the grey market, making it difficult for potential bidders to push the overall valuation down. So, whoever — CentrumBSE 15.18 %, InCred — wins the bid, may have to shell out a lot more premium to get on board.

The stock is being traded at Rs 180 apiece, setting a benchmark for any transaction for the prospective buyer to take a stake. The book value is Rs 120 a share and is trading at 1.5 times of that, valuing the bank roughly at over Rs 1500 crore.

Despite Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa abandoning the idea to buy a majority stake in Catholic Syrian Bank, investors are quite upbeat about it. ET had recently reported that Deutsche Bank’s former chief Anshu Jain-backed Incred Finance is competing with US private equity giant Warburg Pincus and Aion Capital for a controlling stake in Catholic Syrian Bank

For more details, kindly click on the following link:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/news/csb-shares-trading-at-25-premium-in-grey-market/articleshow/60112563.cms

August 17th 2017: InCred, Aion, Warburg vie for CSB stake

InCred, Aion, Warburg vie for CSB stake:

InCred Finance, backed by former Deutsche Bank co-CEO Anshu Jain, is competing with US private equity giant Warburg Pincus and Aion Capital for a controlling stake in Catholic Syrian Bank after negotiations between the Kerala-based lender and Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa-controlled Fairfax hit a roadblock.

The new set of investors is expected to make formal offers by September, several people with knowledge of the matter told ET.

“Yes, we are talking to a new set of  investors.

Hopefully, within a few weeks, we should be able to start exclusive dialogue with one of them,” said a person with direct knowledge of the process.

The 97-year-old bank is held by Bangkok-based Indian businessman Surachan Chansri Chawla along with a few high net worth individuals and some private equity funds.

Earlier this year, Fairfax made a formal offer valuing the bank at around Rs 1,300 crore.

For more details, kindly click on the following link:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/incred-aion-warburg-vie-for-csb-stake/articleshow/59962080.cms

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