IL And FS PE Plans Fund For Yatra Capital

IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd (IIML), the country’s largest home-grown private equity firm by assets under management (AUM), is planning to launch a fresh fund under the banner of Amsterdam’s Euronext-listed Yatra Capital.

Yatra Capital is an India-focused real estate investment firm, promoted by Saffron Capital Advisors.

Archana Hingorani, chief executive officer and executive director of IIML, told “We are in the process of getting shareholder approval at its upcoming annual general meeting. After the approval comes and depending upon the capital markets, we will be able to raise fresh money for the same.”

IIML would be hoping to be second time lucky.

This involved renaming the existing shares of Yatra Capital as ‘real estate shares’ whereas the new share class was to be christened as ‘infrastructure shares’. This would have developed Yatra Capital as a multi-class fund house with a strategy to invest in Indian infrastructure through debt and equity components, as against its present strategy of primarily equity investments in the Indian realty sector.

Yatra Capital has invested across asset class but its maximum exposure is in the retail segment where it has invested in market city projects of the Mumbai-based realtor Phoenix Mills Ltd. It also has enterprise level stake in Saket Engineers Pvt Ltd and the Phoenix Mills.

After the proposal was submitted, a number of amendments were suggested by the concerned shareholders and the board had later determined that until a final position was reached on the potential amendments to the proposal, it would not be implemented. This happened in spite of the board getting what it called a ‘broad’ investor support.

Third India Realty Fund to be launched by IL and FS PE with target of $ 500M

IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd (IIML), the country’s largest home-grown private equity firm by assets under management (AUM), is scripting a new realty fund, according to sources close to the development. The public-listed PE fund manager, which has AUM of $3.2 billion, will launch the IL&FS India Realty Fund (IRF) III with a targeted corpus of $500 million in the current financial year.

The targeted size of the new fund is much smaller than the second fund called IRF II, which raised a humongous $895 million. IRF II was launched in 2007 and had a target corpus of $750 million. But it managed to raise a higher corpus when the market was at its peak. The second fund has managed gross returns of 19.9 per cent per annum across two divestments.

A wealth manager privy to the development said, “The Company has decided to raise a smaller fund as managing a large fund has become tough since its average deal size is of $20-30 million.”

According to sources, the company’s management has shared with its investors that the fund requirement in Indian realty is not as large as its peers in other countries and thus, the PE firm would like to stick to small-sized deals.

An e-mail query sent to the IIML spokesperson did not elicit any response.

IML scrip declined 1 per cent to close at Rs 27.15 on the BSE, in a strong Mumbai market on Monday.

The firm had raised its maiden realty fund IRF I in 2006 with a corpus of $525 million, which was fully invested. From the second fund, it has invested in more than 30 deals, spanning projects across the country. Going forward, it wants to invest in the same deal size bracket (up to $30 million) from its next fund.

As per its website, IIML currently has six real estate funds with $2 billion under management. Besides its own funds, it operates a few joint venture real estate funds including IL&FS Milestone Funds I and II, along with Milestone Capital.