ICICI Prudential Life awarded best insurance company

In total 23 awards were given out across the life, health and general insurance segments to over 18 best performing insurers in the country in the ‘India Insurance Award’

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has been awarded the 'Insurance Company of the Year Award' by India Insurance Review and Celent.

In total 23 awards were given out across the life, health and general insurance segments to over 18 best performing insurers in the country in the 'India Insurance Award'.

Further, HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company was awarded the best company for product innovation during 2011 for its product offering HDFC SL Crest.
Among the other companies, Reliance Life Insurance was awarded the best company in the sector of 'Non-Urban Coverage' for 2011.

In the general insurance segment, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company has been awarded the best general insurance company.

Besides, Tata AIG General Insurance was given the award for 'Best Product Innovation' and United India Insurance for 'Best Non-Urban Coverage 2011'.

Bharti AXA General Insurance company has been awarded for the growth in the 'Personal Lines' or the retail category. The award for 'Commercial Lines' or institutional category was given to Reliance General Insurance Company Ltd.

"The award has been instituted to recognise and honour the efforts of insurance companies across various important parameters and will become the aspirational benchmark for insurance companies in the years ahead," said Shirish Pathak, managing director, SP Media, the Publisher of India Insurance Review said.

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ICICI Lombard bags contract for Goa’s health insurance scheme

ICICI Lombard quoted the lowest premium for the scheme, which will cover more than 3.5 lakh households, with each family comprising five or less members

ICICI Lombard, a health insurance company, won the bid for the state-financed health insurance scheme in Goa, by surpassing six other bidders, state health minister Mr Vishwajit Rane announced on Monday.

Mr Rane said that ICICI Lombard had quoted the lowest premium for the scheme, which will cover more than 3.5 lakh households, with each family comprising five or less members. The scheme would come into effect from September this year. The other six bidders included National Insurance Company, Royal Sundaram and Tata AIG.

Goa chief minister Mr Digambar Kamat had launched this scheme during the recent state budget, in which, every household would be eligible for a preliminary and secondary health-care, up to Rs60,000, annually.

Mr Rane told reporters in Panaji that cashless cards would be provided to the beneficiaries, who can approach any of the listed hospitals and get the treatment, including admission absolutely free. Only the people living in Goa since last five years would be eligible.

Mr Rane claimed that Goa would become the first state to implement such an insurance scheme for the people. The state has already covered super-speciality treatments under its medi-claim scheme.

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Non-disclosure of M&A value hurts investor interest: experts

Non-disclosure of the deal value leads to unnecessary speculations about the size and other details of the transactions

Non-disclosure of financial details in M&As, including companies like RIL, has come under criticism by market experts who are now demanding rules for mandatory disclosures of deal value and other terms.

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries group on 10th June announced its entry into the insurance business through buyout of Sunil Mittal-led Bharti group's majority stake in Bharti AXA Life Insurance and Bharti AXA General Insurance.

However, the companies did not disclose the deal value, even as it involved acquisition of a stake as high as 74% in each of the two Bharti ventures.
In most of the merger and transaction transactions, the deal values are among the most important details and generally they are made public by the concerned companies.

However, at times, the companies tend to keep the deal values a secret, especially in the initial stages, and make them public only at a later stage or after the final closure of the deal.

Reliance and AXA said the "transaction is subject to negotiation and entering into legally binding agreements between RIL, RIIL (Reliance Industrial Infrastructure, which is a group company of RIL) and AXA."

Despite attempts by the media, the companies did not disclose the deal value and said it would be announced later. However, market experts have criticised the non-disclosure of valuation and other financial terms of the deal, saying that it was against the investor interest.

"Making public the deal value is very important. Reliance and Bharti are the top companies of the country. So, they should have set the benchmark to make the transaction open," SMC Global Securities' strategist and research head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

Recalling an earlier deal, he said that Hero Honda (in connection with the exit of the Japanese partner Honda from the venture) had also not made public the deal value and had to bear the investor brunt in the market.

Echoing similar sentiments, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services assistant VP Gaurang Shah said: "Shareholders have every right to know about the bits and pieces of a deal."

He added, "Not disclosing the deal amount may be in the larger interest of the company, but shareholders should not be kept in the dark."

Shah went on to say that there should be some ordinance with regard to making public the deal value, kind of deal, among other factors.

Experts also said that non-disclosure of the deal value leads to unnecessary speculations about the size and other details of the transactions.

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