Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India has acquired 2.021% stake in FMCG( fast moving consumer goods ) firm Colgate Palmolive India through open market purchase, taking the total holding in the company to 7.037%. The Insurance behemoth earlier had 5.016% stake in Colgate Palmolive India,the FMCG company said in a regulatory filing. LIC has acquired additional 54,97,334 shares in the company and now has 1,91,40,291 shares. It earlier had 1,36,42,957 shares in Colgate Palmolive India.
Moving forward,by investing a sizeable amount of capital to expand production capacities and producing value added products, the Company aims to increase the share of retail sales to 70% from a current 32% of its turnover in 3-4 years. Just recently, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), one of the largest Private Equity firms globally, showed their faith in our story by supporting us upto Rs. 520 crore through structured debt. This is a strong validation of our transformation strategy and our long-term goals to shift our business model towards the retail segment and become a foods company with dominant brands. We believe that this relationship would evolve over a period of time.