Bank of India to divest 25% in Star Union Dai-ichi Life for Rs 1,106 crore

State-owned lender Bank of India (BoI) is planning to sell 25.05 per cent  equity stake in Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance for Rs 1,106 crore at Rs 170.50 floor price of each share.

BoI has 28.96 per cent equity stake in Star Union Dai-ichi Life insurance. Other joint venture partners in the life insurance company are Union Bank of India and Japan-based Dai-ichi Life Holdings. Union Bank of India owns 25.1 per cent stake in the life insurance company, whereas Dai-ichi Life holdings with 45.94 per cent stake is the majority shareholder. After the stake sale, BoI will hold 3.91 per cent stake in Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance. In an exchange filing, BoI said it had floated a Request for Proposal (RFP) for sale of equity stake of up to 64.8 million shares of Star Union Dai-ichi Life Insurance, having a face value of Rs 10 each.

The proposed stake sale by BoI is a part of the bank’s strategy to raise money via monetisation of its stake in strategic investments and sale of non-core assets. For the proposed stake sale, Bank of India has appointed RBSA Capital Advisors as the financial advisor.

In the last couple of months, the insurance sector has seen many joint venture partners selling their stake in the respective life insurance companies. Mostly, the listed companies such as ICICI Prudential, SBI Life and HDFC Life have had their joint venture partner selling stake.

In the first nine months of FY19, the life insurance company has earned premiums worth Rs 1,211 crore. The profit of the company after tax stood at Rs 55 crore in the same period. Shares of BoI closed at Rs 100.90, down 0.10 per cent from its previous close at the BSE.

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