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Norges Fund Investment Bank of Norway supports ICICI Securities delisting



Amid Quantum Mutual Fund voting against the proposed delisting of ICICI Securities, the largest public shareholder Norges Fund Investment Bank has voted in favour of the proposal of the stock broking arm of ICICI Bank.

The foreign fund, which holds nearly 3.25 per cent stake in ICICI Securities, voted in favour on Thursday, the first day of e-voting, as per the information posted on the website of Norges Fund Investment Bank.

The e-voting will remain open till March 26.

The move of the Norway-based Norges Bank provided a shot in the arm of ICICI Securities’ plan to delist itself as it needs two-thirds of the public shareholders’ support to pass the resolution.

However, Quantum Mutual Fund, which holds a 0.09 per cent stake in ICICI Securities, voted against the resolution on Thursday.

Quantum Mutual Fund opposed the delisting as it did not find the swap share ratio lucrative to the shareholders of ICICI Securities.

Public shareholders collectively hold nearly 25 per cent stake in the company.

Now, the fate of the resolution hinges on how the remaining public shareholders vote.

Life Insurance Corporation is the second biggest public shareholder, with a 2.5 per cent stake in ICICI Securities. Indian insurance companies, including LIC, hold a 3.5 per cent stake, while mutual funds hold a 2 per cent stake.

The total shareholding of foreign portfolio investors is 10 per cent.

Resident Indians hold nearly 6 per cent. ICICI Bank is the promoter of the company, with nearly 75 per cent shareholding.

ICICI Securities announced the plan to delist in June 2023.

If the resolution goes through, ICICI Securities will eventually become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICICI Bank.


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First Published: Mar 23 2024 | 4:26 PM IST

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