LIC lowers Reliance Industries exposure; FIIs buy more in Q4
New Delhi: State-run insurance giant LIC lowered its stake in Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) with sale of shares worth an estimated Rs 500 crore during the previous quarter, but foreign investors raised their holding by more than Rs 1,200 crore during the same period.
As per its latest shareholding pattern, filed by RIL with the stock exchanges today, LIC's stake in the country's most valued firm dipped from 7.31 percent to 7.09 percent during the January-March, 2012 quarter.
During the same quarter, the total holding of foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in the company rose from 17.03 percent to 17.55 percent.
As per RIL's current valuation of Rs 2,44,412 crore, the decline of 0.22 percent stake in LIC's holding would be worth over Rs 500 crore. On the other hand, the increase of about 0.52 percent in the FII holding is estimated to be worth over Rs 1,200 crore.
Among individual foreign shareholders, the holding of the Government of Singapore in RIL rose to 1.16 percent during the quarter, from 1.09 at the end of previous quarter.
Also, the stake of Franklin Templeton Investment Funds rose to 1.22 percent, from 1.08 percent.
The total holding of domestic institutional investors declined from 11.35 percent to 10.71 percent.
For the entire fiscal ended March 31, 2012, the FII holding declined marginally from 17.7 percent to 17.55 percent, while that of domestic institutional investors also dipped from 10.79 percent to 10.71 percent.