ICICI Lombard IPO oversubscribed 3 times on last day of bidding

A pigeon flies over a billboard of Indian insurer ICICI Lombard in Mumbai, India, September 19, 2017.

The initial share sale offer of ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company was oversubscribed 2.98 times at the end of the last day of bidding on Tuesday, stock exchange data showed.

The initial public offer (IPO), through which the insurer is looking to raise about Rs 5,700 crore, received bids for 18,34,60,772 shares against the total issue size of 6,16,66,740 shares, as per NSE data till 1930 hrs.

The category reserved for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) was oversubscribed 8.17 times, non institutional investors 83% and retail investors 1.21 times, investment banking sources said.

The IPO received over 11 lakh applications, they added.

ICICI Lombard General Insurance on Thursday had raised Rs 1,625 crore from anchor investors.

The company’s IPO involves dilution of up to 8,62,47,187 shares by promoters ICICI Bank and Fairfax.

The insurer has fixed the price band at Rs 651-661 per share.

Post-issue, the shareholding of Fairfax will come down to 9.91% from 21.9% now, while the same for ICICI Bank will be reduced to 55.95% from 62.95%.

ICICI Lombard General Insurance is a joint venture between ICICI Bank and Canadian NRI Prem Watsa-promoted Fairfax Financial Holdings.

For the ICICI Bank group, this is the second public offer this fiscal. Its life insurance arm ICICI Prudential had raised Rs 6,000 crore through an IPO earlier.

CLSA India Private, Edelweiss Financial Services and JM Financial Institutional Securities are the book running lead managers of the IPO.