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IPO Note- SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd

“SBI Life Insurance is a JV between State Bank of India (SBI-70%), and BNP Paribas Cardiff (26%). The insurer’s new business premium grew 35% from FY15 to FY17; it has a leadership position with 20% market share in New Business Premium (NBP) in FY17.
Outlook & Valuation: We believe the Indian Life Insurance industry is in a phase of high growth and lower penetration will ensure the growth remaining higher for next couple of years. SBI Life with its strong brand name and wide distribution network is one of the best plays for Indian Life Insurance industry. At the upper price band of INR700, the issue is offered at 4.2x its Embedded Value of INR16,538cr, little higher than 3.8x for ICICI Prudential. We believe the premium valuation for SBI is justified due to its higher incremental market share gain, and hence we recommended investors to “SUBSCRIBE” to the issue with long-term perspective.”

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