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LIC board to meet tomorrow to finalise IDBI Bank stake buy

The board of insurance behemoth LIC is scheduled to meet tomorrow to finalise the acquisition of 51 per cent stake in IDBI BankNSE 2.05 %, sources said.

The due diligence process by LIC is complete as per the directions of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai), they said.

State-owned Life Insurance Corporation will approach markets regulator Sebi after getting approval from its board, which will meet in Mumbai. LIC has been looking to enter the banking space by acquiring a majority stake in IDBI Bank as the deal is expected to provide business synergies despite the lender's stressed balance sheet.
It will get about 2,000 branches through which it can sell its products, while the bank would get massive funds of LIC.

The bank would also get accounts of about 22 crore policy holders and subsequent flow of fund.