The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday requested all ASBA designated branches of banks to remain open for the public on May 8, 2022 (Sunday) to facilitate the processing of applications for LIC IPO
“The Government of India, in order to facilitate bidding for LIC IPO, has requested that all bank branches designated to process ASBA (Application Supported by Blocked Amount) applications may be kept open for public on May 8, 2022 (Sunday). The matter has been examined and it has been decided that banks may keep all their ASBA designated branches open on May 8, 2022 (Sunday) for the above purpose” RBI said.
Application Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) is an application made by an investor, containing an authorization to Self-Certified Syndicate Bank (SCSB) to block funds available in the applicant’s Savings Bank Account or Current Account (other than Overdraft or loan accounts), for subscribing to an Issue, to the extent of application money, till finalisation of allotment in the issue or till withdrawal/ failure of issue, or till withdrawal/ rejection of the application, as the case may be.
The LIC IPO, which opened for subscription on Wednesday, was subscribed 67 per cent, or 0.67 times, at the end of Day 1, driven by robust interest from its policyholders, employees, and the retail segment. The LIC IPO offer which opened for subscription on Wednesday will close on May 9 and there will be bidding on May 7 (Saturday) also. The share sale is through the Offer For Sale (OFS) of up to 22.13 crore equity shares and the listing is likely on May 17.
The government aims to generate about Rs 21,000 crore by diluting its 3.5 per cent stake in the insurance behemoth. LIC has fixed the price band at Rs 902-949 per equity share for the issue. The offer includes a reservation for eligible employees and policyholders. The retail investors and eligible employees will get a discount of Rs 45 per equity share, and policyholders will get a discount of Rs 60 per equity share.