Category — Real Estate

Marigold Capital Set to Acquire The Leela in Chennai

Mumbai-based private equity fund Marigold Capital and Investments is set to acquire the Leela Group’s 326-room hotel in Chennai, India, for approximately $109 million. The fund specializes in buying debt-ridden hotels and commercial real estate properties and turning them around.

Mumbai-based JM Financial, an investment bank that is the advisor to the sale said, “The deal with Marigold is in the documentation stage where the final agreement will be drafted.”
The Economic Times reports that last year, the JM Asset Reconstruction Company sold the Leela Group’s hotel in Goa to a Malaysian conglomerate MetTube SD BHD for about $113 million.
The Leela Chennai

June 12, 2017   No Comments

“Co-Working” Catches on in India

Co-working, a concept where individuals or startups share a common workplace environment, is slowly catching on across prime property markets in India. Across the country, co-working space of 0.73 million sq ft was tenanted last year.

“Though still nascent, this category could prove to be a disrupter as bigger co-working players such as WeWork enter India and more such facilities pop up across cities,” said Ramesh Nair, CEO of JLL India.

With 9,600 seats available at co-working facilities across the country, Mumbai records the highest absorption nationally, followed by Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad, reports the Economic Times.

Inside an Office

Sumit Lakhani, CMO at Awfis Space Solutions said, “Companies can make savings of up to 20-30% by working in a co-working space.” The firm’s clientele includes small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, freelance professionals, consultants, and corporations.

May 30, 2017   No Comments

Warehousing Sector Surges in India

In anticipation of the national Goods and Services Tax roll-out in July, warehousing facilities will increase by 18 percent to 132.5 million sq ft, and this sector is likely to see investments of about $700 million, according to industry experts

Delhi-NCR had the maximum warehousing stock in 2016 at 29.3 million sq ft, followed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai  Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad.

A warehouse

Ramesh Nair, CEO, JLL India, told BusinessLine that in 2016, the Grade A and B warehousing stock touched 111.9 million sq ft from 96.8 million sq ft in 2015, and that the GST roll out will “up-grade warehousing infrastructure.”

According to Nair, Pune and Chennai lead the way in Grade A and B warehouse rentals due to their proximity to manufacturing hubs, and local market dynamics.

 

May 30, 2017   No Comments

CPPIB to Form JV with India’s IndoSpace Realty

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) plans to invest up to $1.2 billion in a joint venture with Mumbai-based IndoSpace, an industrial real estate-focused investment firm jointly owned by private equity investor Everstone Capital and Maryland-based Realterm Global.

Key Highlights:

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and IndoSpace form IndoSpace Core, a joint venture that will focus on acquiring modern logistics facilities in India.
  • CPPIB has initially committed approximately $500 million to the joint venture and will own a significant majority stake.
  • IndoSpace Core has committed to acquiring 13 well-located industrial and logistics parks totaling approximately 14 million square feet, from current IndoSpace development funds.
  • The venture also has the option to acquire an existing pipeline worth approximately $700 million as well as participate in a future development pipeline.

A warehouse

Andrea Orlandi, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Investments – Europe, CPPIB, said, “The strong fundamentals underlying the Indian manufacturing and retail sectors and growth in e-commerce, combined with the low stock of high-quality modern industrial real estate in the country, make this a compelling investment opportunity for a long-term investor like CPPIB.

The Canadian fund, which has invested about $3 billion in India since 2010, has been ramping up its India play over the past couple of years. Last month, the Toronto-headquartered fund formed a joint investment platform with Mumbai-based developer The Phoenix Mills Ltd to develop, own and operate retail-led mixed-use developments in India, reports VCCircle.

 

 

 

May 16, 2017   No Comments

India’s Central Bank Allows Bank Investments in REITs, InvITs

India’s central bank, The Reserve Bank of India, will allow banks which are currently allowed to invest as much as 20% of their net-owned funds in equity-linked mutual funds, venture capital funds and stocks, to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs). The central bank will issue detailed guidelines by the end of May.

Real Estate

Markets regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India has been easing rules to make REITs and InvITs more attractive to investors. In January, the markets regulator permitted mutual funds to invest in REITs and InvITs.  In March, India’s insurance regulator also amended guidelines for insurers to invest in these asset classes, reports the Livemint.

Private equity firm Blackstone Group Lp, the largest owner of office real estate in the country, may list two separate REITs for its office assets with developer partners.

 

 

April 8, 2017   No Comments