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Canadian pension funds join race to buy Prestige Estates stake

Prestige is looking to sell 40-50% stake in its rental assets and could raise about $500 million

Raghavendra Kamath  |  Mumbai 

Canadian pension funds join race to buy Prestige arm stake
According to sources, Canada’s biggest pension manager Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is also in the race

Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate investment arm of Canada’s second largest pension fund manager CDPQ, has shown interest in buying stake in the rental assets of Bengaluru-based Estates, said a source in the know. is looking to sell 40-50 per cent stake in its rental assets and could raise about $500 million, said the source. “Ivanhoe is looking at this stake as it wants to enter the South Indian commercial property market and is one of the biggest asset owners there,” said the source. has C$56 billion ($42.76 billion) of assets as of last year. According to sources, Canada’s biggest pension manager (CPPIB) is also in the race. When contacted, a public relations executive for Estates said the company cannot comment on the matter due to its board meeting. An Ivanhoe spokesperson said they do not comment on rumours. 

A spokesperson said: “We have no comment on this story.”Estate has already restructured its office, retail, hospitality and residential verticals and looking to sell stake in office and retail assets. The company plans to use the funds to invest in new projects and reduce its debt. This is the second time is in the race for an Indian real estate asset. It had opened its office here in 2008 and then shut it, as it could not find good opportunities.  In the second innings, it is becoming active in Indian real estate.

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Early this year, it had committed $250 million in a joint venture with Ajay Piramal group to provide equity capital to real estate developers. is in talks with Singapore-headquartered to invest $100 million (Rs 680 crore) in the latter’s logistics operations in the country, according to a earlier Business Standard report.

First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 00:08 IST