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ICICI Prudential or HDFC Standard: Which life insurance stock offers better value?

January 29, 2019 / 03:30 PM IST
ICICI Prudential or HDFC Standard: Which life insurance stock offers better value?

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Quarterly performance largely backed by improved realisations
Medium-term triggers China plus and protectionist measures for tyre industry
Valuations not inexpensive; but improved medium-term outlook

The financial results for the nine months to September 2018 show that ICICI Prudential Life Insurance’s (ICICI Pru) net profit declined by 31 percent  year-on-year (YoY), while HDFC Life’s net profit increased by 20 percent. Yet, of these leading Indian life insurers, we recommend ICICI Pru rather than HDFC Life. Why do we do so? But first, the bigger question: why be invested in Indian life insurance at all? Simply put, the insurance sector in India is on a...

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