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PE investment in India at $10 bn in 2011

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

firms made investments worth $10.11 billion in India during 2011, taking their total investment over the past five years to about $47 billion, a report by research firm says.

In 2011, investments worth $10.1 billion were announced by way of 441 deals, compared to $8.1 billion through 362 deals in the previous year.

Year-on-year deal activity has witnessed an upsurge despite witnessing a decline in the October-December period on a quarter-on-quarter basis.

PE investment in October-December, 2011, declined to about $1.4 billion across 105 deals from $1.8 billion across 88 transactions in the same period of 2010, largely due to economic uncertainty and the decline in public markets, the report said.

However, going forward, "The sheer amount of uninvested capital lying with PE funds and the increasingly attractive valuations available -- including in the listed companies segment -- points to a turnaround in the quarters ahead," CEO Arun Natarajan said.

The largest PE investment announced during 2011 was the Rs 3,650 crore commitment by Bain Capital and Singapore's GIC in Hero Investments, the Hero Group holding firm which bought out Honda Motors' 26% stake in listed two-wheeler maker Hero Honda.

The other major transactions included an about $474 million investment by Apollo Management in various group companies of Welspun Group, followed by Apax Partners' $375 million infusion in iGate to help buyout fellow listed IT services firm Patni Computers.

Meanwhile, firms pumped $2.68 billion into real estate firms during 2011, a 69% jump vis-a-vis the year-ago period.

firms made 69 investments in the real estate sector during 2011, out of which 53 transactions with a cumulative value of $2.68 billion were announced.

In 2010, there were 63 in the realty sector, of which 55 worth $1.58 billion were announced.

Residential projects accounted for 57% of the investments (by volume) during 2011, followed by commercial projects, with a 19% share of the total investment.

The largest investment in the property sector during 2011 was Jeff Morgan Capital's commitment of $320 million to publicly listed Compact Disc India's Film City project.

Other major in the realty space during 2011 included Warburg Pincus' over $318 million investment in Hotels and Blackstone's $200 million investment in Bangalore's Manyata Embassy Business Park.