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All about the LIC IPO


Life Insurance Corporation, fully owned by the government through the President of India at present, is expected to hit the market to offload close to 31.62 crore shares. LIC is a household name and most of us may have taken a life insurance policy from them. Looking to invest in the LIC IPO? Here’s a look at what makes Life Insurance Corporation the behemoth that it is.

Life Insurance Corporation of India Background

LIC has been providing life insurance in India for more than 65 years and was formed by merging and nationalizing 245 private life insurance companies in India on September 1, 1956. The initial capital was 5 crore rupees. It has a 64.1 percent market share in terms of premiums (i.e. GWP) and 66.2 percent market share in terms of new business premiums. LIC is also the largest asset manager in India with total assets under management of close to 40 lakh crore rupees on a standalone basis.

In terms of global rankings, Life Insurance Corporation is ranked fifth in gross written premiums and is the 10th largest in terms of total assets. LIC has 32 individual products and 7 individual riders.

Financials and Market share

Source: Company DRHP

In terms of total premium, the market share of LIC alone is 64.10%, while that of all the private players combined is 35.90%. The closest private player, in terms of market share in total premium, is SBI Life with 8%. In the New Business Premium, LIC tops with a market share of 66.20%, while SBI Life with a share of 7.40% is second.


Source: Company DRHP

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Key Takeaways & Risks

The Corporation has the largest individual agent network among life insurance entities in India, comprising approximately 1.35 million individual agents as at March 31, 2021, which was 7.2 times the number of individual agents of the second largest life insurer.

It distributes its policies in all 36 states and union territories of India and has more than 2000 branch offices and over 1500 satellite offices covering 91 percent of districts in India.

Additional Read: Frequently Asked Questions about LIC IPO

In terms of financial performance, LIC’s profit after tax on a consolidated basis increased from 2627 crore rupees in FY19 to 2974 crore rupees in FY21. As on September 30th 2021, it had an Indian embedded value of 5.4 lakh crore rupees.

In terms of risks involved in the offer, any adverse variation in persistency metrics could have an impact on LIC’s financials and interest rate fluctuations could dampen its profitability. Besides, the technical complexity involved in embedded value calculations and the estimates derived could change if key assumptions are changed.

Additional Read: What is IPO & What are the Advantages of IPO?


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