Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) is ploughing more money into Adani group's flagship firm as it continues to be a net gainer despite the plunge in stock prices following a short seller's fraud allegations, filings and stock market data showed.
India's largest life insurer, invested about ₹300 crore in buying 9,15,748 more shares as an anchor investor in a ₹20,000 crore new share sale by Adani Enterprises Limited (AEL), according to a stock exchange filing of AEL.
The shares that LIC picked totalled 5% of the stocks reserved for anchor investors.
In all, 33 institutional investors put in ₹5,985 crore as anchor investors in AEL. LIC already had 4.23% stake in AEL, just like it has holding in other six listed companies of the Adani Group.
According to stock exchange information, LIC made a total investment of ₹28,400 crore in Adani shares over the last few years. The value of the shares was ₹72,200 crore before the report of the U.S. short seller triggered a stock price crash over the last two trading sessions.
The value of shares that LIC holds in Adani group companies fell to ₹55,700 crore but it still is a net gainer by ₹27,300 crore over its original investment.
LIC holds 9% in Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone, 3.7% in Adani Transmission, 1.3% in Adani Green Energy and 6% in Adani Total Gas Limited.
Other investors who formed part of the anchor investors in AEL's follow-on public offer included Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Al Mehwar Commercial Investment LLC.
AEL in the stock exchange filing, said the FPO committee of its board of directors has finalised allocation of 1.82 crore shares to anchor investors at ₹3,276 apiece, of which ₹1,638 per share will be paid by now and the rest in subsequent calls.
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