Category — Construction

Blackstone’s Strategy in India Yields Rich Dividends

Tuhin Parikh, senior managing director for real estate in Mumbai at the New York City-based PE and asset management firm Blackstone, has aggregated a 100-million-sqft portfolio in India. Parikh and Blackstone scripted a gold rush into the country’s rent-yielding office spaces, which saw Brookfield Asset Management, Qatar Investment Authority and others investing in India.

The Times of India reports: Parikh struck acquisitions, joint ventures and made strategic investments to build the India portfolio that dwarfs Goliaths such as Boston Properties and Vornado Realty in the U.S. Now, Blackstone plans to list one of its joint ventures, Embassy Office Parks, which bankers expect to fetch a $4-5 billion valuation. Later this year, Embassy REIT will list 35 million sq ft operational and pre-leased offices, with $240 million in annual rentals, to raise as much as $1 billion. This provides both Blackstone and Embassy with liquid shares in a  publicly listed trust, offering inflation-hedged returns to investors fleeing gold and residential markets.

Real Estate

Through strong local partners and outright acquisitions Parikh has 27 projects on the ground across six cities in India. Global investors Canadian Pension Plan and GIC of Singapore, among others, are looking to invest in India’s realty market.

August 12, 2017   No Comments

Russia to Build Two New Nuclear Power Plants in India

India and Russia signed the General Framework Agreement and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., and Russia’s Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Rosatom, will build the reactors. Each of the two units will have a capacity to produce 1,000 MW of power.

Both countries agreed that there were ‘steady and demonstrable’ achievements in bilateral civil nuclear partnership, including transforming the Kudankulum site into one of India’s largest energy hubs, reports BusinessLine.

PM Modi and President Putin

“We will strive to build an ‘energy bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydroelectric, and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency. Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation,” said a ‘Vision Document’ issued after the talks.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

Infrastructure Investments up 17 Percent in India

According to data from Mumbai, India-based investment bank Equirus Capital, India’s  infrastructure sector raised a total of $3.49 billion across 33 transactions in Fiscal Year 2017  compared with $2.98 billion raised in 31 transactions in 2016, an increase of over 17 percent.

The data also showed that the majority of private market transactions in the fiscal ending March 31 were led by the power, roads and renewables sectors and, within those, about 88% of the transactions were through mergers and acquisitions; the remaining 12% were through private equity investments.

Power pylons

Livemint reports that funds such as U.S.-based I Squared Capital, Indian asset manager IDFC Alternatives’ infrastructure fund, Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management, Australia’s Macquarie Group, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) have committed large investments in the sector and are looking to buy assets across roads, thermal power, and renewable energy to build their own portfolio in India.

 

April 8, 2017   No Comments

India Resets Logistics Sector to “Hub-and-Spoke” Model

Introducing a multi-modal program to reduce logistics costs and make the economy competitive, India has abandoned its previous “point-to-point” logistics model in favor of a “hub-and-spoke” one, where railways, highways, inland waterways and airports will in tandem to form an effective transportation grid.

Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport and highways, shipping and ports said in an interview, “It is for the first time that we have taken an integrated approach for the country’s transportation. This will increase India’s exports, provide employment opportunities, will be cost effective, and will make goods cheaper in the country.”

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The plan envisages setting up 35 multi-modal logistics parks at an investment of $10 billion  for the development of 50 economic corridors. An investment template for the states and the private sector will be prepared. The infrastructure will include installation of cooling plants, cold storage facilities, warehouses, gas stations as also facilities for truck maintenance. These logistics parks will serve as hubs for freight movement enabling freight aggregation and distribution with modern mechanized warehousing space, reports Mint.

 

March 15, 2017   No Comments

India’s Property Market May Flourish in 2017

Word on the street was that India’s November 2016 demonetization of high value currency notes would have a significant impact on the real estate price; here is what the experts say:

Forbes reports that 2017 will be a bumper year for India’s real estate market as well as for its economy. The country tops the list of preferred destinations for investment in property by institutional investors.

High Rise Apartments

The middle class in India, the driver of the surge in domestic consumption, has very little household debt and is looking for suitable housing. The finance industry is supportive and India’s central bank has repeatedly cut interest rates. All these factors are promising trends for investors in the realty market, and for 2017 Bangalore and Mumbai are the top-ranked cities for both investment and development, according to the 2017 version of Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia Pacific, put out by Washington D.C.-based Urban Land Institute.

India is seeing a boom in business-park development, and suburban development is creating new business and residential neighborhoods. Blackstone of New York City, the Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management, privately-held Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda are seriously interested in property assets in India.

Anuj Puri, chairman and country head of Jones Lang LaSalle India says: 2016 saw the biggest changes in decades, especially on the policy front – the Goods and Services Tax and the Real Estate Regulatory Authority bill cleared hurdles, and are on their way to implementation. REITs will help smaller investors to invest in Grade-A commercial real estate across India. India’s first REIT listing will happen in 2017.

India’s Tier-I cities moved up to the 36th rank in JLL’s biannual Global Real Estate Transparency Index in 2016 due to improvements in structural reforms and liberalization of the foreign direct investment policy. India came 4th in developing Asia in terms of Foreign Direct Investment inflows per the World Investment Report 2016 by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development. Thanks to a proactive government keen on improving India’s ranking on different indices and strengthening public institutions, the country is poised to become a modern economy.

As the real estate market achieves higher transparency, the mismatch of demand/supply can offer opportunities for developers and investors alike. Indian real estate is on its way to becoming a consolidated and moderately efficient  sector over the next few years.

 

December 30, 2016   No Comments