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PE Inflows In India Real Estate Up 19% In FY21
Despite COVID-19, ~USD 6.27 bn pumped into Indian real estate in FY21, against $5.28 bn in FY20 – the highest since FY16; Unlike earlier, PE investors in FY21 eye portfolio deals across cities & assets rather than specific projects/cities; such deals comprise a 73% overall share said a report by ANAROCK Capital
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Indian real estate recorded its highest-ever PE investments since FY16 according to a report by ANAROCK Capital. Titled 'Flux – FY20-21 Market Monitor for Capital Flows', the report highlights that despite COVID-19, more than $6.27 billion were pumped into the sector in FY21, as against $5.8 bn in FY20 - an increase of 19 per cent in one year. Unlike earlier, FY21 saw private equity investors focus majorly on portfolio deals across multiple cities and assets, rather on specific projects or cities. Such portfolio deals constituted 73% of the overall share, with approx. USD 4,583 million invested via portfolio deals in multiple cities.
The average ticket size of PE deals rose by 62% in the fiscal year – from $110 Mn in FY20 to $178 Mn in FY21. Both structured debt and equity witnessed strong growth during the year at 84% and 15% respectively. Structured debt was largely towards portfolio deals instead of project-level assets.
Though FY21 was an unprecedented year due to the pandemic, foreign PE funds showed much optimism for India. As much as 93% of the total PE investments pumped into Indian real estate was by foreign investors. In actual terms, investments by foreign PE funds almost doubled from $3 Bn to $5.8 Bn in FY21. In contrast, domestic PE funds invested merely USD 300 Mn compared to USD 420 Mn in FY20.
Shobhit Agarwal, MD & CEO - ANAROCK Capital says, "Foreign funds are evidently very upbeat about India. High-grade rental-generating assets have attracted foreign investors in a big way during the year. Moreover, India has a strong underlying demand for office space with quality workforce and average rentals available at less than a dollar per sq. ft. per month."
"Alongside, the successful REIT listings have provided a good monetizing option for PE investors, leading to a stronger demand for good quality rental earning office and retail assets," he says. "Good entry valuation coupled with the option to accumulate a healthy mix of portfolio assets have also driven this surge in foreign PE investments. During the year, PE funds like Blackstone and Brookfield have added a lot of assets to their existing portfolios, while others have takeover loan portfolios of NBFCs.”
Among other significant trends, the share of asset classes like commercial, retail, and hotel has been very good. While the asset class-wise bifurcation shows lower percentage, when considered along with portfolio deals (where bifurcation is not available), the share of these asset classes is strong. Nearly 66% of the total inflows (USD 6.27 bn) in FY21 were across portfolio deals in multiple asset classes. In contrast, in FY20, out of the total USD 5.28 Bn total inflows, just 8% of the total comprised of portfolio deals.
The top 10 deals alone contributed nearly 78% of the total PE inflows in FY21 as against 67% in FY20:
TOP 10 DEALS IN FY 2021
Farallon Capital & SSG Capital
Apollo Global Management
* DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd. (DCCDL) is a JV between DLF & GIC
Other Notable Trends
Among the foreign PE investors that remained major contributors for overall PE inflows in India, Canada and US-based investors pumped in more than 50% of the total foreign PE investments in FY21. REITs enjoyed wider acceptance in the country; healthy fundraising continued in the public market, REIT sizes - USD 608 Mn Mindspace & USD 514 Mn Brookfield India REIT. The Industrial & Logistics sector had strong investor support. Key emerging trends in this sector - rise of automation, urban multi-level warehousing, de-centralization, increasing business consolidation, and high demand for Grade A assets. Data centres are becoming the new sunrise sector, gaining more attention from PE investors and strategic investors. Last-mile funding gaining momentum - SWAMIH fund and various foreign funds actively evaluating various options.