New India Assurance IPO Review and Current GMP

The New India Assurance Co. Ltd  ( NIA )  is in operation for almost a century (Incorporated on July 23, 1919 ) and largest general insurance company in India. The company was nationalized by the GoI on January 1, 1974. The Government of India holds 100% of the pre-Offer paid-up Equity Share capital of the company.

NIA offers insurance in categories including fire insurance; marine insurance, motor insurance, crop insurance, health insurance and other insurance products.

NIA is the market leader in the general insurance industry in India across the segments except for crop insurance.The Company’s distribution network includes 68,389 individual agents and 16 corporate agents, 25 banks, and a large number of OEM and automotive dealer.New India Assurance is rated A-(Excellent) by AM Best Company since 2007 and have been rated AAA/Stable by CRISIL since 2014.

After flop show of GIC, Once again LIC is bid for the NIA’s IPO 

LIC through multiple brokers has placed large bids. The total application size of LIC could be anywhere between Rs 8,500 crore and Rs 9,500 crore.

IPO Dates & Price Band:

  • IPO Open: 1-November-2017
  • IPO Close: 3-November-2017
  • IPO Size: Approx Rs. 10500 Crore (Approx)
  • Face Value: Rs. 5 Per Equity Share
  • Price Band: Rs. 770 to 800 Per Share
  • Listing on: BSE & NSE
  • Retail Portion: 35%
  • Equity: 12,00,00,000 Shares 
  • Discount: Rs. 30 for Retailers & Employees

IPO Market Lot:

  • Shares: Apply for 18 Shares (Minimum Lot Size)
  • Amount: Rs.14400 (For QIB & HNI)
  • Amount: Rs.13860 (For Retailers & Employees)

IPO Allotment & Listing:

  • Basis of Allotment: 08-November-2017
  • Refunds: 09-November-2017
  • Credit to demat accounts: 10-November-2017
  • Listing: 13-November-2017

IPO Registrar:

Link Intime India Private Ltd

Lead Managers:

  • Axis Bank Limited
  • IDFC Bank Limited
  • Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited
  • Nomura Financial Advisory And Securities (India) Pvt Ltd
  • YES Bank LimitedNIA FINALThe promoters :

President of India, acting through the MoF

Main  object of the issue is:

Offer for Sale The Company will not receive any proceeds from the Offer for Sale.

Fresh Issue

The Company proposes to utilize the Net Proceeds towards meeting its future capital requirements  & improving its solvency margin and consequently the solvency ratio.

Historical Evolution of General Insurance in India

NIA

Competitive Strengths

Market leadership and established brand

Longstanding global footprint and successful international operations

Customer satisfaction drives sustainable business model

Diversified product offering and product innovation capability

Multi-channel distribution network

Robust financial position

Robust IT infrastructure

Experienced senior management team

Growth drivers for select segments of non – life insurance

NIA 1Low Penetration

Rise in new vehicle sales

Demand for crop insurance

Increasing cost of healthcare

Increasing coverage of insurance in India

NIA 2Supportive regulations

Increase in online retail sales

General Insurance Corporation of India ( GIC ) Review

Business Strategies

Capitalise on significant market potential and increase our market share

Improve underwriting profitability

Leverage technology to drive growth, profitability and customer satisfaction

Continue to focus on product innovation

Expand its international operations

Negative

Any significant variation between actual claim payments from the assumptions and estimates used in the pricing of, and setting reserves for, its various insurance products, may have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition and results of operations.

Any termination or adverse change in its relationship or arrangements with its agents, brokers, bancassurance partners or other distribution intermediaries, or a decline in their productivity, may have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition, and results of operations.

NIA may not be able to sustain our historical growth rates or successfully implement its business strategies.

NIA Company, Directors, Subsidiaries and Group Companies are involved in certain legal and other proceedings.

NIA is subject to a comprehensive and evolving regulatory framework in a regulated industry that affects the flexibility of its operations and increases compliance costs.

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NIA investment portfolio is subject to the volatility in the market value of financial instruments and liquidity risk, which could decrease its value and have a material and adverse effect on its business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

Catastrophic events, including natural disasters, may result in significant liabilities for claims by policyholders which could have a material adverse effect on its business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

Any actual or alleged misconduct or fraudulent activity or non – compliance with applicable laws by its employees, agents and other distribution intermediaries may lead to customer claims as well as regulatory action against us, which could adversely affect its business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

Any actual or alleged misconduct or fraudulent activity or non – compliance with applicable laws by its employees, agents and other distribution intermediaries may lead to customer claims as well as regulatory action against us, which could adversely affect its business, prospects, financial condition and results of operations.

NIA had a deficit in its miscellaneous segment revenue account and negative net cash flows in the past and may continue to have a deficit in its revenue account and negative cash flows in the future.

There are certain risks related to its crop/weather insurance offering that could have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

A significant portion of its business comes from working with the government which subjects us to risks which could result in litigation, penalties, and sanctions including early termination, suspension and removal from the approved panel of insurers.

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Valuation

NIA is the largest general insurance company in India, with 15% market share of the domestic gross direct premium. The company is a market leader in all segments except crop insurance for last five straight years. The gross written premium of the company has increased at a CAGR of 15% from Rs 13200 crore in FY2013 to Rs 23230 crore in FY2017. The company has been funding its operations for more than 40 years without any external capital infusion. The company commands a healthy financial position, with a solvency ratio 2.27x end June 2017, compared to the IRDAI prescribed control level requirement of 1.50x. The operating expense ratio of the company was 20.40% in FY2017, the lowest among the top 10 multi-product insurers in India.

NIA’s EPS for FY2017 works out to Rs 10.52. The IPO is offered at P/E multiple 73.2 times FY2017 EPS at the lower price band and 76.1 times FY2017 EPS at the higher price band.

The post issue book value (BV) of NIA is Rs 184.5 end June 2017. P/BV works out to 4.3 times at the upper price band of Rs 800 per share.

The company is the second general insurance company to list on the exchanges, after ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company listed in September 2017. ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company is currently trading at 7.9 times its book value and is available at PE multiple of 36.1 times. The incurred claim ratio of ICICI Lombard General Insurance at 80.64% and the combined ratio at 104.1% for FY2017 is better than New India assurance incurred claim ratio at 92.2% and the combined ratio at 119.7%.

Grey market premium

Currently there is no trade Grey market.

Conclusion

Strongly avoid as like a GIC.

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