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Rule tweak lets LIC to step into private turf

According to an analysis of its initial public offer filings, SBI Life, ICICI Prudential, HDFC Life and Max Life will face the maximum impact of the move
Report notes that LIC’s margin has already gone up 700 bps to 9.9 per cent after the govt amended LIC’s surplus/profit distribution rules.
Report notes that LIC’s margin has already gone up 700 bps to 9.9 per cent after the govt amended LIC’s surplus/profit distribution rules.
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PTI   |   Mumbai   |   Published 21.02.22, 03:53 AM

Amendments to the surplus/profit distribution rules for IPO-bound LIC, which has already improved its margins by 700 bps to 9.9 per cent and will further rise to 20 per cent when the national insurer shifts its business mix to non-participating policies, can give nightmares to private players who have been thriving on this segment for too long, says a report.

According to an analysis of its initial public offer (IPO) filings by Swiss brokerage Credit Suisse, SBI Life, ICICI Prudential, HDFC Life and Max Life will face the maximum impact of the LIC move.

The report notes that LIC’s margin has already gone up 700 bps to 9.9 per cent after the government amended LIC’s surplus/profit distribution rules which allows it to make a 10 per cent shift in the business mix from participating policies to non-participating policies, which is only 4 per cent now and  can take its margins to 20 per cent.

This is based on the assumption of a full transition to new surplus distribution from 100 per cent for non-participating policies now and 10 per cent for participating policies.             

A participating (par) insurance policy provides both guaranteed and non-guaranteed benefits to policyholders in the form of bonus or dividend payouts, while a non-participating (non-par) policy typically provides guaranteed benefits to policyholders, but they do not receive profit or dividend payments.

LIC at present just has 4 per cent of its new business premium coming in from non-participating policies, while the same is for its the top five private sector peers range from 20 per cent to 45 per cent.

LIC has 43 per cent market share in individual business.

Its filings highlight how its profitability has unshackled after demutualisation, wherein its embedded value (EV) rose 5x to Rs 5.4 lakh crore, taking its shareholder interest in the surplus to Rs 14.6 lakh crore from non-participating funds, which is 37 per cent of its AUM.

Embedded value (EV) is a common valuation measure used by life insurance companies outside of North America to estimate the consolidated value of shareholders’ interest in the company.



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