SBI Shelves IPO Plans For General Insurance Arm For Now; Card JV To Hit Market In Q4
People wait in line outside a State Bank of India (SBI) branch in Delhi. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

SBI Shelves IPO Plans For General Insurance Arm For Now; Card JV To Hit Market In Q4

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State Bank of India has dropped its plan to take its general insurance arm public as there’s no need for additional capital now, the lender’s Chairman Rajnish Kumar said.

Investor interest for its cards business is very high, and SBI Card listing will happen in the March quarter, he said.

The bank was earlier looking for an initial public offering for SBI General Insurance in FY21.

When asked if the IPO for general insurance will happen next fiscal, Kumar replied in the negative.

SBI General, valued at over Rs 12,000 crore recently, is a joint venture between SBI and Insurance Australia Group with a 26 percent ownership.

On the additional stake sale in SBI Life, Kumar explained the bank is required to offload an additional 2 percent stake as per the market regulator’s norms, but has time till October 2020 to execute the same.

About the SBI Card IPO, he said the feelers from investors suggest that they are excited to invest in the company.

The IPO will be launched in the January-March quarter of the current fiscal and based on the valuation arrived at, SBI will take a call on the stake sale, he said.

SBI owns 74 percent in the cards venture, while its foreign partner can also choose to dilute its stake through the IPO, Kumar said.

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