LIC in no hurry to raise stake in listed firms to 30%
According to a senior LIC official, who didn’t wish to be named, the 30 per cent provision is for the long-term and it has no plans to hike stake in listed companies across the board. “We are aware of the Sebi norms on takeover code where we have to go for an open offer if our holding exceeds 25 per cent. We will be extremely careful in hiking our stakes and in case it is necessary to go beyond 25 per cent we will seek exemptions from the market regulator,” he said.
“This existing 10 per cent cap is too small. In many of the companies, we have already touched that limit because of historical reasons. We have been investing for 56 years so we have asked for an increase in the cap,” LIC officials said. It holds sizeable stake in many listed companies. It holds 18 per cent in L&T, over 25 per cent in Corporation Bank and 11-12 per cent in ITC. It had increased its stake in some PSU banks to around 10 per cent last year.
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