Category — Banking & Financial Services

Carlyle’s $1 Billion Growth Fund to Focus on India and China

Washington D.C.-based global private equity firm Carlyle will raise $1 billion under its new Asian growth fund largely focused on investing in India and China.

Per a disclosure, the International Finance Corp is one of its Limited Partners, and the private sector investment arm of World Bank has committed $25 million to the fund. The new growth fund is expected to make 15 to 20 investments ranging between $30 million to $75 million in China and India, accounting for $800 million of the total amount, reports VCCircle.

Business

March 15, 2017   No Comments

India Best Country for Wall Street Says Forbes

New York-based Wisdom Tree, that pioneered the concept of fundamentally weighted Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)  and active ETFs, says  that its India Earnings (EPI) Fund is up 12.8% year-to-date and is ahead of China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and Japan.

Gaurav Sinha, strategist for Wisdom Tree said, “If you look across the countries the IMF tracks worldwide, how many can you name that are growing over 7%? Iraq, Myanmar and India, and India is the only large economy that has those numbers and that you can buy in the equity markets.”

Indian Currency

Forbes reports: “Prime Minister Modi continues his plans to cut red tape, root out corruption, upgrade infrastructure, improve the fiscal position. No trade drama. No political crisis. No wars and rumors of wars. Reliable central bank. Stable government. A little expensive, but these days, who cares?”

India’s recent demonetization caused a temporary economic slowdown; however, recent company visits confirm that the economy is beginning to normalize.  Gerardo Zamorano, director of the investment group for Brandes in San Diego says, “From my perspective, that policy [demonitization] did not change the long term outlook on India that much. If you’re the owner of a car dealer or a restaurant business, this might affect you next week or so, but not for a decade. That’s how we think of India. It’s a long term investment for Brandes.”

Robin Parbrook, head of Asia ex-Japan equities at Schroders, says India remains the best domestic story in Asia at the moment. “The base is low in India, so the building of roads, provision of mobile telecom networks, formal banking to the masses, and rooting out of middlemen and corruption can all make a big difference, ” he feels.

 

 

 

March 5, 2017   No Comments

Alibaba Invests $200 Million in India’s Paytm

Valuing India’s Paytm E-Commerce Private Limited at about $1 billion, China’s Alibaba Group Holding Limited, will invest $180-200 million in the online retailer, taking the stake of Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Financial to more than 50 percent.

Paytm e-Commerce is an entity created by Noida-based One97 Communications Ltd., which was valued at $5 billion last year, and e-commerce constitutes 20 percent of its business. Paytm will continue to be the vehicle for Alibaba’s e-commerce play in India, and is expected to spin off the e-commerce business into a new mobile application and a separate website in February, named PaytmMall—inspired by Alibaba’s T-mall in China, reports Mint.

Paytm ad

Paytm, which started operations as a mobile payments and mobile recharge business, created a web of payment solutions in the offline and online channels where consumers can transact via the Paytm wallet. Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma has India’s Central Bank’s approval to launch a payments bank by the end of February.

 

 

 

February 12, 2017   No Comments

Canadian Investments Surge in India

Canadian institutional money is pouring into India. One of our  earlier blogs talks about Toronto-based Brookfield acquiring the telecom towers of India’s Reliance Communications. The Brookfield-Reliance Infratel transaction worth $1.6 billion is the second-biggest private equity transaction ever in the country.

Last October, in one of India’s largest deals in the commercial property space, Brookfield Asset Management acquired Hiranandani Group‘s 4.5 million square feet of offices and retail space in Powai, Mumbai, for approximately $1 billion.

Canadian currency

Canadian asset managers from pension or PE funds have been the biggest investors in the last one year, reports the Economic Times. The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board or CPPIB, Caisse de depôt et placement du Quebec (CDPQ), Ontario Teachers Fund, PSP Investments, Brookfield and Fairfax, have jointly committed around $7-8 billion across companies and funds so far, according to industry estimates. This investment is among the single-largest country-wide commitment towards India in recent times.

“Our long investment horizon aligns to the financing and capital needs of India’s economy, growing entrepreneur culture and the strength of business in the country,” says Suyi Kim, Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific at CPPIB.

February 10, 2017   No Comments

KKR’s New India Credit Fund Raises $160 Million

VCCircle reports that New York-based private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Ltd., (KKR) marked the pre-close of its second India-focused credit fund at $160 million, with the aim of finally closing  at $298 million  in a few months.  The company will invest in structured credit situations in either promoter holding entities or companies over two to three years.

B.V. Krishnan, head of KKR’s credit and capital markets business in India, told the Economic Times, “The idea is to back quality promoters and good businesses, helping them create a proper capital structure by cleaning up short-term liabilities, providing grown capital, and in some cases helping them consolidate their equity ownership.” The fund will have a private-equity approach for a debt market “which has done extremely well for us,” he added.

US Currency

KKR has been an active investor in India through both its PE and credit portfolio businesses; it is also active in the non-banking finance sector in India to give a push to its credit business.

 

January 9, 2017   No Comments