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Growth revival key to reversing declining trend in Godrej Consumer stock

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Growth revival key to reversing declining trend in Godrej Consumer stock

Godrej Consumer Products (GCPL) had a soft December quarter (Q3) performance on the back of sluggish India sales, ongoing weakness in the Indonesian business and margin pressures. The stock of the fast moving consumer goods major was down 2.2 per cent in trading on Wednesday extending its losses in the last four trading sessions to about 7 per cent.

The muted volume performance in the India business, which accounts for 55 per cent of revenues, disappointed the Street.

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LIC DRHP unlikely to reveal size of IPO; Board to meet again on Sunday

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LIC DRHP unlikely to reveal size of IPO; Board to meet again on Sunday

The Indian Life Insurance Company’s board on Friday approved the insurer’s initial public offering in principle, but requested certain clarifications and minor changes to the draft IPO documents, people familiar with the matter said.

If the issues are resolved to clear the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP), the 15-member board could meet again in the evening or even Saturday morning, these people said.

The DRHP is expected to be submitted by Monday at the latest, but may also be submitted on the weekend.

“The situation is very fluid. Every comma and full stop is being checked and rechecked, which is a huge amount of work because of the size of the LIC,” said one of the people. “Board members have been told to meet at short notice, so … work is in full swing,” the person said.

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“There’s some process to follow, which is why the filing on Friday was delayed, but we’re very close and it’s going to happen in days or even hours,” said a second person involved in the process.

Actuarial firm Milliman Advisors fixed the company’s embedded value (EV) at Rs 500 crore. EV is a financial measure of a life insurance company’s future cash flow. Insurers are valued at multiples of EV.
“Currently, it is fair to assume that LIC is valued at 3.5 times its embedded value for a total market valuation of Rs 175 crore,” said Manish Ostwal, an analyst at Nirmal Bang Securities.

Ostwal said HDFC Life, the most highly valued life insurer today, has a market valuation of Rs 1.25 crore, more than four times the EV of Rs 30,000 crore as of December.

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