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.

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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

Templeton Buys $1.2 Billion India Government Bonds

New York City‘s Franklin Templeton Investments bought about $1.2 billion of Indian government bonds in two days end March. The purchases, made through broker JPMorgan Chase & Co, were largely for tenures maturing in 2021-2023.

Since March 11, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party won an election in the state of Uttar Pradesh in the north, foreign funds have been pouring into India, driving stocks to a record high and pushing up bond prices, reports Mint.

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“The outcome of state elections, a dovish hike by the Federal Reserve and relatively attractive valuations have been the key drivers of inflows,” said Nagaraj Kulkarni, a senior rates strategist at Standard Chartered Plc in Singapore.

 

March 30, 2017   No Comments

India’s Flipkart Raises $1.4 Billion Funding

Flipkart Private Ltd, the Singapore-based holding company of India’s e-commerce marketplace Flipkart, based in Bangalore, closed a $1.4 billion funding round with backing from Chinese Internet giant Tencent, eBay, and Microsoft. Post funding, the valuation of India’s most highly valued startup is now $11.6 billion from a previous high of $15 billion. The investments will give Flipkart a possible entry into the peer-to-peer e-commerce market.

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eBay will sell its Indian business to Flipkart in part exchange for an equity stake; however, it will continue to operate as an independent entity. Tencent, a leading provider of internet value-added services, will become a “strategic investor”, bringing experience in linking social networking, and e-commerce reports CNBC.

“This deal reaffirms our resolve to hasten the transformation of commerce in India through technology,” co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal said in a press release.

March 23, 2017   No Comments

PayTM Launches e-Commerce Mall in India

PayTM, a consumer shopping Android app has launched an e-commerce mall modeled on TMall, China’s dominant e-commerce platform. With Alibaba’s and SAIF Partners‘ infusion of $200 million into Paytm, an Indian payment and commerce company based out of Delhi NCR, the company is now valued at $1 billion.

Paytm e-commerce aims to offer 1  billion products from all across the globe to its shopping cart by the festive season in India that starts in August. It plans to bring sellers from Southeast Asia, especially from Alibaba’s other investments such as e-commerce major Lazada in Indonesia. Market sources cite Amazon as having about 500 million products on its platform, while Flipkart and Snapdeal have about 50 million products each.

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Paytm has already set up 17 fulfillment centers and 40 courier partners for speedy service as the company aims to dominate the Indian online shopping market, reports Business Standard.

 

March 4, 2017   No Comments

India Tops in Trust of Institutions in Global Report

An online survey of more than 33,000  respondents conducted between October 13 and November 16, 2016 by Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, and reported in the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, revealed that trust is in crisis around the world, and the largest-ever drop in trust was recorded across the institutions of government, business, media and NGOs.

Among the 28 nations surveyed, India emerged as the most trusted nation in terms of institutions with 72 per cent of the respondents from the general population feeling so. The country is followed by Indonesia (69 per cent), China (67 per cent), Singapore and UAE (both at 60 per cent), reports the Economic Times.
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Other Key Findings:
  • The Indian government is the second most trusted  by its own citizensafter China
  • Of the 28 countries, there was distrust in government in 75 percent of them
  • Trust levels decreased to 47 percent this year from 50 percent in 2016
  • CEO credibility dropped 12 points globally to an all-time low of 37 per cent, plummeting in every country studied
  • Government leaders remain least credible
  • Trust in business dropped in 18 countries, while NGOs  saw drop-offs as high as 10 points across 21 countries
  • Half of the countries surveyed have lost faith in the system, led by France (72 percent) and Italy (72 percent), Mexico (67 percent), South Africa (67 percent) and Spain (67 percent)

February 7, 2017   No Comments