The State Bank of India
(SBI) has informed the stock exchanges that its board is looking to sell 4 per cent of its existing shareholding in SBI
General Insurance to a non-promoter entity through small parcel share sale (SPSS). SBI
General, formed in 2010, is a joint venture between SBI
and the Insurance Australia Group.
Once the sale is complete, SBI’s stake in its general insurance arm will come down to 70 per cent from 74 per cent. IAG has a 26 per cent shareholding in the company. The move could be construed as an exercise in price discovery ahead of the launch of its initial public offering (IPO).
Pushan Mahapatra, managing director and chief executive officer, in recent interviews has said that they plan to launch the issue during FY20, and that preparations for the offering would require 12-15 months. Mahapatra also had said that IAG has expressed an interest to increase its stake in the joint venture.