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Reliance Capital Acquisition: Hinduja Group’s IIHL Receives IRDAI Approval

Hinduja Group’s IndusInd International Holdings (IIHL) has obtained approval from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) for the acquisition of Reliance Capital. This acquisition encompasses Reliance Capital’s insurance subsidiaries, including Reliance General Insurance and Reliance Nippon Life Insurance.

Regulatory Milestones Achieved

IRDAI Approval Secured

IIHL received the crucial IRDAI approval on May 10, 2024, marking a significant step in the acquisition process. This approval was essential for the transfer of Reliance Capital’s insurance businesses to IIHL.

Resolution Plan Ratification

The National Company Law Tribunal sanctioned IIHL’s Rs 9,650-crore resolution plan for Reliance Capital on February 27, 2024, reinforcing the acquisition process.

Next Steps and Challenges

Pending RBI Approval

Implementation of the resolution plan awaits approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for proposed corporate restructuring of implementing entities.

Addressing Regulatory Concerns

IRDAI had raised concerns regarding potential violations of foreign direct investment caps, reliance on borrowings, and opacity in IIHL’s structure, which necessitated thorough consideration and resolution.

Financial Strategy and Operational Outlook

Financial Arrangements

IIHL has secured debt funding of Rs 7,500 crore for the acquisition, supplemented by Rs 2,000 crore in equity, with investments from high net worth individuals, including the Hindujas.

Operational Transition

IIHL intends to retain talent from Reliance Capital, ensuring continuity and stability within acquired entities. Strategies are being formulated to optimize business operations post-acquisition.

Future Plans and Growth Targets

Divestment Strategy

Upon completion of the takeover, IIHL plans to divest real estate investments associated with the transaction, aiming to maximize shareholder value.

Long-term Vision

Chairman Ashok Hinduja envisions growing IIHL’s listed financial services businesses to achieve a market cap of USD 50 billion by 2030, emphasizing a strategic focus on sustainable growth and value creation.

By aligning with regulatory requirements, addressing concerns, and outlining a comprehensive financial and operational roadmap, IIHL positions itself for a successful acquisition and sustained growth trajectory in the financial services sector.

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