Health insurer Niva Bupa files IPO papers to raise up to Rs 3,000 crore

Indian health insurer Niva Bupa has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) to raise up to Rs 3,000 crore (nearly $360 million), draft papers showed on Monday.  The company, majority owned by British United Provident Fund (Bupa), said it will issue fresh shares worth up to Rs 8 crore as part of the offering. … Read more

Axis to increase stake in Max Life

Max Life (ML) is a subsidiary of Max Financial Services Limited (MFSL). ML is currently 87% owned by MFSL and 13% by the Axis group. In 2021, Axis Bank had announced the deal for the acquisition of a stake in ML The lender then through its entities, had collectively acquired a 12.99% stake in Max … Read more

Narayana eyes insurance

Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH) is in discussions with the regulator (IRDAI) to get into the health insurance business. The plan is to sell a bundled health insurance package that proposes to offer comprehensive care from outpatient consultations to ordering medicines, to health check-ups, diet, physiotherapy and surgeries. In an interview to ET, Viren Shetty, executive vice-chairman … Read more

Launch insurance products for the disabled, mentally unwell: Irdai

Regulator Irdai has asked general and standalone health insurers to offer a specific cover for Persons with Disabilities (PWD), persons afflicted with HIV/AIDS, and those with mental illness. In a circular, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) asked the insurers to determine the price of the product in line with the IRDAI … Read more

buffett: Warren Buffett deepens insurance exposure with $11.6 billion Alleghany deal

Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway has struck an $11.6 billion deal to buy Alleghany Corp, the owner of reinsurer TransRe, just weeks after the 91-year-old billionaire bemoaned the lack of good investment opportunities. Alleghany adds to Berkshire’s already large insurance portfolio, which includes Geico auto insurance, General Re reinsurance and a unit that insures against major … Read more

Life insurers’ new biz premium income nearly flat at Rs 24,466 cr in Dec

Life insurers’ collective new business premium income stayed nearly flat from a year ago at Rs 24,466.46 crore in December 2021, data from Irdai showed on Friday. The new business premium, or the first year premium, of 24 life insurance companies had stood at Rs 24,383.42 crore in December 2020. IPO-bound insurance behemoth LIC, however, … Read more

LIC valuation delay likely to push IPO plan beyond FY22

The government is unlikely to come up with the IPO of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) in the current financial year ending March 2022, as the valuation of the state-owned behemoth is taking more than anticipated time, and the preparatory work is still far from complete. There are still some issues that need to be addressed … Read more

Something seems to be wrong with ICICI Lombard

I have a ICICI Lombard Car insurance policy coming up for renewal. and here is my experience – Tried renewing it on ICICI Lombard’s website and it was just not responding. I tried for straight two days. Tried to do it on Coverfox – ICICI Lomard’s quoted premium was 3x of others I didn’t bother … Read more

ICICI Lombard launches BeFit cashless OPD and wellness solution to users

ICICI Lombard has launched BeFit,  a service provided through its ILTakeCare app that gives customers benefits of complete OPD services—that is, doctor consultation, pharmacy, diagnostics services, etc.—on a cashless basis. “The solution empowers customers to benefit from a host of wellness services. As good health and immunity gain importance, this comprehensive solution will come in … Read more