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LIC Granted Extension till 2032 to Achieve 25% Public Shareholding

Shares of the leading state-run insurer LIC surged to a new 52-week high on December 22 following a significant development. The Ministry of Finance has granted a one-time exemption to Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) regarding the 25% Minimum Public Shareholding (MPS) rule. The decision allows LIC to achieve the mandated 25% MPS within 10 years of its listing, extending the deadline to May 2032.

Ministry’s Decision and Exemption Details

  • The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, issued an Office Memorandum on December 20, 2023.
  • The exemption, granted in the public interest, applies to Rule 19A (6) of the Securities Contract (Regulations) Rules (SCRR) 1957.

Stock Performance

  • LIC’s stock reached a new 52-week high of Rs 820.05 in early trade, witnessing a gain of over 7%.
  • Ongoing trading showed a 5.68% increase, with the stock priced at Rs 808 apiece on the BSE.

Background on MPS Rule

  • SEBI’s MPS ruling, initiated in 2010, mandates that 25% of a listed entity’s outstanding equity must be held by the public (non-promoter shareholders).

Recent Investment Moves by LIC

  • LIC announced a reduction in its stake in Tata Motors to 3.09%.
  • In Dixon, LIC diluted its stake and currently holds 3% equity.

Financial Outlook

  • With a solvency margin representing the surplus capital above expected claim amounts, LIC is well-positioned for sustained financial strength amid slower growth.

In the last month alone, LIC shares have generated returns of 33%, contributing to year-to-date gains of 18%. The market’s response reflects confidence in LIC’s strategic positioning and financial stability.

Questions Related to Exams

Q: Why did LIC’s stock reach a new 52-week high on December 22?

A: The Ministry of Finance granted LIC a one-time exemption to achieve the 25% Minimum Public Shareholding (MPS) rule by May 2032, boosting investor confidence.

Q: What is the MPS rule, and why is it significant?

A: SEBI’s MPS rule mandates that 25% of a listed entity’s equity must be held by the public. Compliance enhances transparency and widens ownership.

Q: How did LIC perform in recent investments?

A: LIC reduced its stake in Tata Motors to 3.09% and diluted its stake in Dixon to 3%, signaling strategic portfolio adjustments.

Q: What factors contribute to LIC’s positive outlook?

A: LIC boasts a robust solvency of 190%, strong surplus generation, and Emkay Research’s buy recommendation, indicating a comfortable financial position for increased dividends.

 

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