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By Devidutta Tripathy
MUMBAI (Reuters) - ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in what would be the first IPO by a non-life insurance company in Asia's third-largest economy.
ICICI Lombard's two main shareholders - ICICI Bank Ltd and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd - will sell a combined 19 percent stake in the insurer in the IPO, according to the filing released on Friday. (http://bit.ly/2uqYrTh)
Bankers estimate the IPO could raise 60 billion rupees ($932 million), making it one of the biggest Indian IPOs in recent years. India's IPO market has been on a roll with companies raising $2.6 billion in the first half of 2017, after $4 billion in 2016, the best year for IPOs in six years.
Fairfax, led by Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa, is selling about 12 percent, or 54.5 million shares, in ICICI Lombard, the largest private sector non-life insurer in India.
It owns about 22 percent of the insurer, after it sold a 12.2 percent stake in May to investors including Warburg Pincus. That deal had valued ICICI Lombard at 203 billion rupees.
SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd is also gearing up for an IPO this year which bankers have said could raise as much as $1 billion. Non-life insurance companies owned by the Indian government also have plans to go public in 2017-18.
($1 = 64.3850 rupees)
(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; editing by David Clarke)
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