Blackstone, Temasek eye stake in LIC arm

Blackstone, Temasek eye stake in LIC arm


Mumbai: Five private equity investors, including Blackstone and Singapore state investment firm Temasek, are in talks with India’s state-owned Life Insurance Corp (LIC) to buy a 15% stake in its proposed credit card venture, according to a news report on Sunday.

The other private equity companies are JC Flower, Fortress and 3i Group, the paper quoted a senior LIC official as saying.

LIC has already signed a memorandum of understanding with its partner GE Money and an agreement is likely to be finalised by the end of October, the paper said. LIC will hold a 40% stake in the venture while GE Money will own 30%.

Corporation Bank, LIC Housing Finance and LIC Mutual Fund will own 5% each, the report said.

Industry sources said the Carlyle Group had also shown interest in buying a stake in the venture.