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Prestige Estates to sell assets worth Rs 11,000 cr to Blackstone, cut debt

Indian company plans to build twice the amount of commercial property space it is selling to the global fund manager.

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Blackstone is the largest office owner in the country, with real estate assets worth $20 billion in the country.

Prestige Estates has signed an agreement with American equity major Blackstone Group to sell commercial and retail properties, said the company in a BSE filing. The deal is valued at Rs 11,000 crore, said a person close to the matter.

The deal comprises the sale of 21 million sq. feet of assets including six completed office assets, nine retail assets, two hotels and four under-construction offices in in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and other places.

“The proposed transactions contemplated in the term sheet will be consummated through a combination of primary investments, secondary investments, business transfers, asset transfers, joint ventures, demergers, slump sales, or a combination thereof or through such other modes, in each case, as mutually agreed between the Parties under the relevant asset specific definitive documents,” said Prestige Estates.

The company is selling the assets to reduce debt and generate liquidity via the Blackstone deal. It plans to build twice the amount of commercial property space it is selling to the global fund manager.

Blackstone is the largest office owner in the country, with real estate assets worth $20 billion in the country. It has joint ventures with Panchshil Realty, K Raheja Corp, Salarpuria Sattva, among others.

Blackstone's two joint ventures with Embassy group and K Raheja Corp have floated real estate investment trusts or REITs in the country. Its joint venture with Panchshil Realty is gearing up for a REIT, reports said.