ICICI Prudential Life Insurance all set for IPO

18 Jul 2016 | By Sneha Johny

One of India's largest insurance companies, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance filed for an IPO today, making it the first insurance company in India to be publicly listed.

With over 1 trillion rupees in assets, the company wishes to be listed late this year.

The insurance company has roped in Bank of America Merrill Lynch and ICICI Securities Ltd to help manage the public offering.

In context: India's ICICI Prudential Life Insurance files for IPO

AboutICICI Prudential Life Insurance

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, headquartered in Mumbai, was started out in late 2000, soon after obtaining approval to start operating as a private insurance player in India.

The company was formed as a joint venture between India's ICICI Bank and Britain's top insurance company, Prudential PLC.

The insurance company is currently headed by Sandeep Bakhshi, a former senior executive of ICICI Bank.

ICICI Prudential factsThe ICICI Prudential growth story

The insurance company has witnessed remarkable growth, generating a total premium of about Rs.192 billion up until last financial year.

The company also has its total capital infused worth at close to Rs.49 billion.

It is one amongst the 23 existent private sector companies in India.

ICICI Bank, one of the company's promoters, recently sold 2% stake in the company for Rs.650 crore.

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18 Jul 2016ICICI Prudential Life Insurance all set for IPO

Specifics: ICICI Prudential IPO

18 Jul 2016Specifics: ICICI Prudential IPO

The insurance company's IPO is touted to be the biggest in India's IPO history over the last six years.

ICICI Prudential is looking to raise at least Rs.5,000 crore with this share sale.

One of the major stakeholders with 68%, ICICI Bank will sell around 181.34 million shares .

Although other shareholders like Prudential PLC, holding 26%, will not sell its shares.

ICICI Prudential's IPO sale

The insurance company's share sale will see all the proceeds garnered from the initial public offering being channeled to ICICI Bank, its major stakeholder. The document filed for IPO also showed that the company will not be selling any new shares during the IPO.