LIC Chairman Siddhartha Mohanty presented a significant dividend cheque of ₹1,831.09 crore to Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This dividend represents the Centre’s share for the fiscal year 2022-23. It was officially approved by LIC’s shareholders during the Annual General Meeting held on August 22 of the same year.
Government’s Majority Stake
As of the end of June in the current year, the Indian government held an impressive equity stake of 96.5 percent in LIC, making it the majority shareholder.
Dividend Amount and Shareholders’ Approval
The final dividend declared for the fiscal year 2022-23 amounted to ₹3 per share, and it was agreed upon by LIC’s shareholders.
Mega IPO and Current Share Performance
In May of the previous year, LIC, as the country’s largest insurer, made headlines by launching its colossal ₹21,000 crore initial public offering (IPO). This IPO marked the most substantial public issue in the country’s history up to that point.
Despite its initial issue price of ₹949 per share during the IPO, LIC’s shares are currently trading at ₹660.80 on the stock exchanges.
Robust Profit Growth
Benefiting from a substantial increase in net investment income, LIC reported a remarkable surge in net profit for the first quarter ending on June 30, 2023, reaching ₹9,544 crore, compared to the previous year’s ₹683 crore.