Clearing the decks for Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to come out with Initial Public Offering (IPO) guidelines for general insurance companies, appointed panel of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has suggested outlining risk factors in the offer document, including returns from their investments.
The panel had representatives from both SEBI and IRDA. This report will be used by IRDA to finalize IPO guidelines for general insurance companies.
Panel said that Insurance industry is different from other industries and hence, have risks that are unique to it. Therefore, specific risk areas should be disclosed in the offer document.
The committee on disclosures and accounting standards has recommended that general insurance companies that are planning to come out with IPO should disclose in the offer document the claims arising out of catastrophic losses, which could materially and adversely impact the profitability and cash flows of the insurance companies.
The panel’s report recommended that, offer document will outline industry specific risk factors such as interest rate risk, liquidity risk, catastrophic risk, re-insurance risk, regulatory risk and market growth risk.
A meeting of the panel held in January this year has suggested that insurer should come out with the overview of the entire industry and specific format prescribed by IRDA.
Panel has also suggested that insurers have to disclose financial information at regular intervals to IRDA.
Panel has also given its suggestion with regards to advertisements, objects of the issue, definition of promoters and disclosure with regard to uniform financial denomination.
The sub-group has recommended that report of an independent actuary on the economic capital of the insurance should be made a part of the offer document. The content and the format of the reports and criteria for actuaries who are authorized to prepare such report may be prescribed by IRDA.
These suggestions are based on the study of existing practices in other global markets.