LIC trims stake in Infosys to 3.25%; garners Rs. 850 crore

LIC trims stake in Infosys to 3.25%; garners Rs. 850 crore
New Delhi: State-run insurer Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has reduced its stake in Infosys to 3.25% in the last quarter, with the share sale estimated at over Rs850 crore. LIC, the biggest institutional investor in the stock market, held 3.71% stake in Infosys during the October-December quarter, which has fallen to 3.25% as of 31 March 2014.

The state-run firm has been reducing its stake in Infosys since June quarter. It held 6.72% stake in the country's second largest software services exporter at the end of 30 June 2012, as per the latest data available with the stock exchanges.
Taking into account the current market value of Infosys shares, the 0.4% decline in LIC's holding in the company would be worth about Rs852 crore. Infosys shares closed at Rs3,235.80 level on Friday. Infosys, which is scheduled to report its fourth quarter earnings On Tuesday, is expecting a sluggish growth in revenue during the quarter.

Company's CEO and MD S.D. Shibulal, last month, said he expects sluggish growth in January-March quarter due to muted spending by clients, especially in retail sector. He had also said that muted growth in the fourth quarter of 2013-14 may spill over to the next financial year as well. Infosys co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy was brought back to head the IT major in June last year, following quarters of laggard performance.

Meanwhile, the company scrips have underperformed the broader market by declining nearly 6% compared to 5.7% surge in the BSE's benchmark Sensex during the March quarter. LIC appears to have sold shares at a time when Foreign Institutional investors (FII) shored up their stake. FIIs hiked their stake in Infosys to 42.10% in the January-March quarter from 40.65% in the preceding three months.

However, domestic institutional investors reduced their exposure in Infosys to 13.66% in January-March period of 2014 from 15.35% in the preceding quarter.


Story first published: Monday, April 14, 2014, 14:17 [IST]
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