Insurance sector IPO guidelines likely next month

The IPO guidelines could take a month’s time in coming and market regulator SEBI will take the final call, said IRDA

The initial public offering (IPO) guidelines for the insurance sector are likely next month, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) said on Monday.

"The IPO guidelines could take a month’s time (in coming) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) will take the final call," IRDA chairman J Harinarayan said.

He further said that the valuation norms for companies has been finalised and sent to the Institute of Actuaries.

"Once their (Institute of Actuaries) committee clears it, it will be sent to SEBI and then the market regulator would take a call," he added.

IRDA, which has been working on the guidelines along with market regulator SEBI, is likely to come out with a draft for public comments before issuing the final norms.

Several private sector insurance companies, including Reliance Life, have shown interest in tapping the capital market to augment their resource bases.

The government had proposed to ease the norms to allow companies to list after five years of operation, instead the current 10-year practice.

As per the Insurance Act, promoters having 26% stake can offload equity after 10 years of operation of the company.

The legislation also empowers the government to reduce the mandatory period.

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    NMDC expects 40% rate hike in iron ore supplied to Japanese mills

    Under the long-term arrangements with Japanese mills, NMDC expects prices of iron ore lumps and fines to settle at the $110 per-tonne level and around $85 a tonne, respectively

    India's largest iron ore miner National Minerals Development Corp Ltd (NMDC) on Monday said it expects a 40% hike in the prices of iron ore supplied to Japanese steel mills under a long-term pact in the next fiscal ahead of preliminary talks with the foreign manufacturers scheduled for Wednesday.

    "I am expecting a 40% hike in the rates of iron ore we supply to Japanese steel firms under the long-term contract for 2010-11. Preliminary discussions with them will start day after tomorrow," NMDC's chairman and managing director Rana Som told reporters.

    Under the long-term arrangements with Japanese mills, Mr Som said that he expects prices of iron ore lumps and fines to settle at the $110 per-tonne level and around $85 a tonne, respectively.

    At present, state-run NMDC supplies iron ore lumps to Japanese mills at around $71 a tonne and iron fines at $61 a tonne.

    Iron ore prices had almost halved during the global economic slowdown.

    On response of investors to its recently concluded follow-on public offering (FPO) he said, "It is very good. Selling about 33 crore shares in three days is overambitious. Retail investors bought equity worth around Rs800 crore."

    When asked if public sector institutions like Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) have bailed out the NMDC FPO, he said, "It is a wrong perception. LIC is an institution which participates in both public and private sector offerings. It is wrong to say it has bailed out NMDC."

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