Blackstone Lay Luring Eye On Express Tower

Blackstone, the PE giant, has showed its interest in grabbing the Express Tower in Mumbai.

With assets worth $210 billion, Blackstone is the largest private equity firm. The group has various investments in India.  While most of their PERE investments are in the residential sector, now they are planning to invest some money in the commercial segment. Continue reading

Bangalore and Mumbai bag majority of PERE funds

Private Equity in Real Estate (PERE) is more in Bangalore and Mumbai. Other cities like Chennai and Pune are also favorites for the private equity investors.
The IT projects in Bangalore  more popular for PERE investors.

The IT projects in Bangalore more popular for PERE investors.

South and West remain favorites for private equity real estate investors. Majority of the Private Equity in Real Estate (PERE) investment is done in the south and west cities of India; especially in Bangalore and Mumbai.

Last year Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Pune together received Rs.27,907 Cr of PERE investment. This amounts to 84% of the total investment.

The reports say that the Delhi-NCR received the third highest PERE Investment. But experts refute this by pointing out that though Jwala Real Estate and Indiabulls Infratech are Delhi registered companies, their projects are in Mumbai. It means that the investment in the National Capital Region remains only on the paper.

Blackstone is the largest PE investor in India. The US-based PE major alone has invested over $600 million in the Indian realty. However the group has so far invested only in the south and west India. Bangalore holds majority of their investments. The group has also invested in Pune and some southern and eastern cities. Continue reading

Foreign investors to focus on commercial realty

With the drop of home prices in many of the top cities, foreign investors now plan to invest in commercial properties in India.
Foreign investors plan to shift investment to commercial sector in India.

Foreign investors plan to shift investment to commercial sector in India.

Foreign investors are active in the country since 2005 the year in which they were permitted. However their main investment options remained residential market due to simpler investment norms. Moreover, once the home is finished, the housing sector offered them chances to exit easily with higher returns.

However with surging number of unsold homes in the country, the foreign investors plan to shift to commercial sector now. It is true that the residential market in India is not as vibrant as it was earlier. This would be a reason what prompts them to exit from the housing sector.

Foreign investors including Blackstone Group, now plans to the move on to the commercial sector for their investment, reported Reuters. The sluggish residential is shown as the reason for their shifted interest.

Though the foreign investors are keen to invest in India due to its fast-growing economy, they do not find investment in the residential project as suitable as it was. Home prices have fallen by 5 to 30% since 2009. This fall of home prices prompts foreign investors to look out for other options. Continue reading

GMR To Sell Chennai Technology Park For Rs.150 Crore

GMR Group, a leading infrastructure company plans to sell its Chennai technology park – Cognizant Technology Solutions for Rs.150 Cr.
GMR Group plans to sell its technology park in Chennai,

GMR Group plans to sell its technology park in Chennai,

Leading infrastructure development company GMR Group plans to sell its Chennai technology park. The deal is supposed to be fixed at a price Rs.150 Cr (approximately $30 million). Their Chennai technology park – Cognizant Technology Solutions is located on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) one of the prominent IT hubs of the city.

Bangalore-based Global Tech Park and a leading chartered accountant in the South are the two strong contenders who have expressed their interest in the project. Bangalore-based Global Tech Park; though leading the race, may have to face stiff competition from the prominent CA.

OMR-located GMR Varalakshmi Tech Park was entirely leased out to Cognizant Group. The total built-up area of the technology park is over 400,000- sq. ft. One of the subsidiary firms of GMR Group own the tech park.

GMR Group is an infrastructure conglomerate which has vast land banks in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. While a senior spokesperson of GMR Group refused to comment on the issue, Global Technology Park promoter Satish Chandra could not be contacted for the comment.

GMR plans to sell its tech park in Chennai for a sum of Rs.150 Cr.

GMR plans to sell its tech park in Chennai for a sum of Rs.150 Cr.

Global investment firm and the ultra-high net worth CA are vigorously after the deal. Both of the contenders are sure of their returns in the investment. The investment in the park assures easy returns as the park is highly income generating without any involvement of risk-factor. The proposed buyers expect to gain an average returns by 12% per annum.

Blackstone Group, prominent private equity firm, has invested almost $1 billion in the real estate market of India in the last three years. Indian market also saw huge investments by Xander, Mapletree and many others.

These foreign investors have shown interest in Bangalore, Chennai and Gurgaon– areas where real estate grows faster. Such deals are considered as defensive in the real estate market which is said-to-be sluggish these days.

Blackstone To Buy Bangalore Business Park For $367 Mn

US-based private equity firm Blackstone, along with two Indian real estate firms, plans to buy Business Park in Bangalore at a price of $367 million (Approximately Rs.19.5 billion).
Blackstone aims to own Business Park in Bangalore.

Blackstone aims to own Business Park in Bangalore.

US-based Blackstone plans to buy Bangalore Business Park for a sum of $367 million. The private equity major is in talks and is expected to buy the Business Park in Bangalore. The deal is said to be over within two or three months.

The Rs.19.5 billion deal is expected to be the largest ever private equity investment in India since 2008. Blackstone, along with HDFC and Embassy Realty group, will equally invest in the Business Park in Bangalore. The Business Park is located in the outskirts of Bangalore. Continue reading

Blackstone To Gain Huge Profit From Its JV With Embassy

Blackstone, one of the leading global private equity and investment firm, is set to amass a huge profit from its Joint Venture in Bangalore.
Realty investment in Bangalore gives a good reap to Blackstone

Realty investment in Bangalore gives a good reap to Blackstone.

Blackstone has, joining hands with Bangalore– centered real estate firm Embassy Property Developments, planned to develop a luxury-oriented residential project. The Blackstone- Embassy group will jointly develop 467 housing units; each unit priced between Rs.3 to Rs. 10 Cr, in the project.

Blackstone expects to gain around Rs.210 Cr from their JV. This is their first big investment in Indian real estate market.  In 2011 the global private equity major invested in Embassy Lakeside Terraces which is an ultra-luxury villa project. From their investment in the project, Blackstone is expected to gain around Rs.210 Cr which represents around 28% of the absolute profit. Continue reading

Blackstone Sets Its Luring Eye On Vrindavan Tech Village

Private equity major Blackstone has entered into final talks to buy Vrindavan Tech Village. The private equity firm expects to fix the deal for Vrindavan Tech Village, Bangalore for Rs.900 Cr.
Vrindavan Tech Village

Vrindavan Tech Village: On the verge to be bought by Blackstone.

Blackstone, a leading private equity Group, is in its final talks with the authorities of Vrindavan Tech Village. Bangalore-based Vrindavan Tech Village is one of the largest IT parks of the city. The deal is said to be fixed at an amount of nearly Rs.900 Cr.

The Private equity biggie has hit the news headlines with its dealings with many real estate developers. Blackstone recently had business-deals with DLF.  Last year, it acquired DLF’s IT SEZ in Pune by paying Rs.810 Cr. Continue reading

Blackstone To Launch New Real Estate Fund in Asia

Blackstone Group LP is on the verge to launch its new real estate fund in Asia. Blackstone Group considers this as their plan to seize the Asian real estate market.

Blackstone plans to raise another real estate fund to be launched in Asia. World’s largest private real estate firm’s CEO Schwarzman disclosed their plans to become the largest buyers of commercial real estate in India. He also had laid his eyes on Australian real estate market as well. Continue reading

Blackstone and KKR looks up for Indian Commercial Real Estate

India’s UB Holdings is in talks with private equity funds Blackstone and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to sell some of its commercial real estate for 6.5 billion rupees ($123 million), writes Reuters. UB Holdings, controlled by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, is part of the UB Group that owns majority of United Spirits and United Breweries, apart from debt-laden carrier Kingfisher Airlines, which is looking for funds to continue operations, writes Reuters.

Reuters – India’s UB Holdings is in talks with private equity funds Blackstone and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to sell some of its commercial real estate for 6.5 billion rupees ($123 million), the Times of India newspaper reported on Tuesday citing unnamed banking sources.


The UB Tower in Bangalore, which Mallya is looking to sell, is occupied by companies like Apple, Citibank, and Yahoo, the report said. A UB Group spokesman, quoting Mallya, denied the company was in talks to sell the real estate space, the paper reported. Prakash Mirpuri, a UB spokesman, told Reuters there was no plan to sell UB Towers. He, however, could not immediately confirm whether other real estate assets from UB Holdings were up for sale. A Blackstone spokesman declined to comment, while KKR could not be immediately reached by Reuters on Tuesday, which is a local holiday in India. UB Holdings and the private equity players are considering a sale-and-lease-back model, with UB having the right to buy the property back after a specified period, the report said.