Singapore’s Temasek among those interested in SBI insurance stake

Insurer to divest 4% stake to determine its value ahead of planned IPO

Singapore’s Temasek among those interested in SBI insurance stake

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

A proposed sale of a 4% stake in SBI General Insurance has attracted several global private equity investors, including Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, KKR & Co., and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

“All the above funds have expressed initial interest and are expected to submit binding bids - but more bidders are expected to place bids,” a source was quoted as saying in a Deal Street Asia report.

According to the report, the stake sale is part of SBI General Insurance’s pre-offer valuation exercise ahead of its planned IPO in March 2019.

In 2016, SBI Life Insurance sold 3.9% to KKR and Temasek for around INR20 billion (US$279.5 million). This valued the company at INR450 billion (US$6.3 billion) prior to its IPO in September 2017.

Founded in 2010, SBI General Insurance is a joint venture between SBI and Insurance Australia Group (IAG), with the former holding 74% and the latter holding 36%. IAG has exercised its option to increase its holdings to 49% within the next two years.

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