In a document on its website, the markets regulator said, “Issuance of observations kept in abeyance”
SEBI didn’t give any other clarification or reason for putting the IPO in ‘abeyance’
Go Digit General Insurance filed draft IPO papers in August for a fresh issue of INR 1,250 Cr and an offer for sale of 10.94 Cr equity shares
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has kept insurtech startup Go Digit General Insurance’s proposed initial public offering (IPO) in ‘abeyance’.
In its document on ‘processing status of draft offer documents’, the markets regulator said, “Issuance of observations kept in abeyance.” However, it didn’t give any other clarification or reason.
In SEBI parlance, issuance of observations implies its go-ahead for an IPO. The Fairfax and Sequoia-backed startup filed its draft IPO papers on August 17.
As per the draft papers of Go Digit IPO, the proposed offering includes a fresh issue worth INR 1,250 Cr and an offer for sale (OFS) of 10.94 Cr equity shares from existing shareholders. The digital insurance provider plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for business expansion, increasing brand visibility in the insurance space, to increase its capital base, and to improve the solvency margin and solvency ratio.
ICICI Securities, Morgan Stanley, Edelweiss, Axis Capital, HDFC Bank, and IIFL Securities are the lead bookrunners for the IPO.
Some reports pegged the total size of the IPO at INR 5,000 Cr.
Go Digit, which is also backed by prominent names like Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, was planning for its IPO later this year or early 2023.
Founded in 2017 by Kamesh Goyal, Go Digit offers insurance policies across verticals such as health, property, motor vehicle, travel, and more. It claims to have served over 25 Mn customers as of March 31, 2022.
Go Digit General Insurance reported a doubling of its net loss to INR 295.86 Cr in FY22 from INR 122.7 Cr in FY21. Its gross written premium (GWP) in the fiscal year stood at INR 5,268 Cr versus INR 3,243 Cr in FY21.
Go Digit Life Insurance, a part of the promoter group of Go Digit General Insurance, plans to carry out life insurance business subject to approval from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI). Last month, HDFC Bank announced that it would invest INR 49.9 Cr to INR 69.9 Cr in Go Digit Life Insurance to acquire up to 9.94% stake.
According to reports, Axis Bank was also looking to acquire a 10% stake for around $9 Mn in Go Digit General Insurance’s life insurance business.