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Business News/ Markets / Ipo/  Centre may review timing of LIC IPO after Ukraine invasion: FM Sitharaman
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Centre may review timing of LIC IPO after Ukraine invasion: FM Sitharaman

The review could impact the timing of the mega public offering, India’s largest, which made up the biggest portion of the country’s $10.4 billion asset-sale program aimed at stanching the budget deficit for the year through March 31, 2022

The govt had set a March deadline for the IPO and its IPO document filed on Feb. 13 put the insurance giant’s embedded value at 5.4 trillion rupees. (PTI)Premium
The govt had set a March deadline for the IPO and its IPO document filed on Feb. 13 put the insurance giant’s embedded value at 5.4 trillion rupees. (PTI)

India may take another look at the timing of Life Insurance Corp. of India’s initial share sale, the state-owned insurer, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in an interview.

“Ideally, I’d like to go ahead with it because we’d planned it for some time based purely on Indian considerations," Sitharaman said in an interview with Businessline “But if global considerations warrant that I need to look at it, I wouldn’t mind looking at it again," she said.

The review could impact the timing of the mega public offering, India’s largest, which made up the biggest portion of the country’s $10.4 billion asset-sale program aimed at stanching the budget deficit for the year through March 31, 2022. 

The government had set a March deadline for the IPO and its IPO document filed on Feb. 13 put the insurance giant’s embedded value at 5.4 trillion rupees ($71.7 billion).

“When a private sector promoter takes this call, he has to only explain this to the company’s board," she said, when asked if a call about delaying the IPO could be constrained by the government’s annual disinvestment targets.  “But I would have to explain it to the whole world."

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Published: 01 Mar 2022, 04:35 PM IST
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