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PE inflows in realty touches 9-year high at Rs 39,900 crore in 2016

Mumbai saw the highest share of inflow at 32% of the total private equity investments

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

PE inflows in realty touches 9-year high at Rs 39,900 crore in 2016

in (PERE) increased by 26 per cent during 2016 and touched a nine-year high of nearly Rs 40,000 crore, according to property consultant Cushman & Wakefield.

saw the highest share of inflow at 32 per cent of the total in (PERE).

"inflows in 2016 were seen at their highest in nine years at Rs 399 billion ($5.97 billion), registering a 26 per cent increase from Rs 316.7 billion ($4.8 billion) in 2015," the consultant said in a statement.

The number of deals closed during the year also rose only 5 per cent with 119 deals.

Average deal size increased to Rs 3.4 billion ($50 million) from Rs 2.8 billion ($43 million) 2015, signalling increased confidence amongst investors to make larger into the Indian sector.

Residential assets remained the most preferred asset class with over 52 per cent of (Rs 208 billion/$3.1 billion) of the total witnessed in this asset class during the year.

inflows into the housing sector rose by only 5 per cent during 2016.

Domestic funds were most active investors in housing and accounted for almost 80 per cent of the total investments.

Investments in commercial office assets were Rs 57 billion ($0.85 billion), lower than that of last year, as a few large deals for office portfolios initiated in 2016 are still in active discussion and likely to close this year.

The year 2016 was one of the best years for the organised retail real estate sector, with the sector attracting Rs 72 billion ($1.07 billion) of PE investments.

PE inflows into malls rose more than seven-fold in 2016 from 2015 levels on account of rising interest from institutional investors and funds looking to invest in top- grade leased malls with low vacancy levels.

"The recent efforts by the government to regulate the sector has been viewed favourably by investors who are now looking at the long term potential of the Indian market," Cushman & Wakefield India Managing Director Anshul Jain said.

The commercial office sector has been witnessing sustained high demand and investors are enthused by the opportunity in this space, led by impending Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs), he added.

Despite global economic concerns, lower GDP (gross domestic product) growth projection due to demonetisation and slower revenue growth forecasted in the IT-BPM sector, the consultant said that the office sector is seeing stable growth with adequate pre-commitments in key markets such as Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

"Aside of the commercial office sector, we will also saw a keen investors' appetite for retail assets increasing over the next few years as it has remained uncharted for a long period of time," Jain said.

First Published: Wed, February 15 2017. 20:23 IST