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RCap may list life insurance arm

business Updated: May 22, 2009 21:17 IST
Falaknaaz Syed

In order to secure future capital needs, Reliance Capital, an Anil Dhirubhai Ambai Group company, is planning to divest 10 to 26 per cent stake in its 100 per cent-owned subsidiary, Reliance Life Insurance.

“We are looking at divesting 10 per cent to 26 per cent stake in Reliance Life insurance,” said Sam Ghosh, CEO, Reliance Capital. “ This could be through an IPO or directly to a strategic partner or through a combination of both. We will decide in a week’s time and approach the regulators (IRDA and Sebi) for their approvals.”

Explaining the reasons for divesting the stake, Ghosh said, “It is a good time to divest. There may be two anchor investors. The strategic investors will help in bringing the technical expertise and the capital. In case we decide on divesting through IPO, then our capital requirements will be taken care of.”

When asked if investors would buy shares of a loss-making company, Ghosh said that investors have bought shares of loss-making companies in the past too.

According to various analysts, Reliance Life Insurance has a valuation over Rs 10,000 crore. Reliance Life had a loss of Rs 875 crore in 2008-09. The insurer grew by 27.65 per cent with a new business premium of Rs 3,514 crore in 2008-09 as against a new business premium of Rs 2,753 crore in 2007-08.

Last week, P Nandagopal, CEO of Reliance Life Insurance put in his papers to join Baroda LG Life Insurance Company.

Meanwhile, Reliance Capital scrip on Friday surged 5.34 per cent to close at Rs 903 on the BSE and at Rs 903.30, up 5.30 per cent on the NSE.