PE investments dip 49% to $3.7 b in Jan-Mar

PTI | | Updated on: Apr 02, 2018

$100 million-plus investments declined 30.7 per cent YoY; BFSI sector accounted for 51 per cent of total PE investment value: Venture Intelligence report

Private equity investments fell 49 per cent to $3.7 billion during January-March quarter this year largely due to lack of big ticket transactions, says a report.

According to data from Venture Intelligence, private equity firms invested about $3.7 billion across 133 deals during the first quarter of 2018 as compared to $7.3 billion by way of 200 transactions a year ago.

The investment amount was also 29 per cent lower than the December 2017 quarter which had witnessed $5.2 billion being invested across 152 transactions.

These figures include Venture Capital investments, but exclude PE investments in Real Estate.

“The latest quarter witnessed only nine PE investments worth $100 million or more compared to 13 such transactions in the same period last year,” Venture Intelligence CEO Arun Natarajan said.

He noted Softbank — which dominated 2017 with its mega e-commerce bets on Flipkart, Paytm, Ola and Oyo — did not figure among the top ten deals in the first quarter of this year.

The only investment in India by the Japanese investment giant so far in 2018 has been the relatively small follow-on investment of $61 million in e-grocer Grofers.

Big bets

The largest PE investment reported during the quarter was the $1.06 billion preferential allotment by publicly listed mortgage lender HDFC Ltd to investors including GIC, KKR and others (including Canada Pension Plan OMERS, Carmignac Group and Premji Invest).

The second largest investment was that of $275 million by TPG Capital in the resultant entity of the proposed merger between Manipal Hospitals and Fortis Healthcare.

On the back of $1.5 billion investments in NBFC companies, BFSI (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance) accounted for 51 per cent of the PE investment value pie in the first quarter attracting $1.9 billion across 14 transactions.

Led by Tencent’s investment in, IT & ITeS companies came in next attracting $927 million across 79 PE investments, followed by healthcare and life sciences companies which attracted $361 million across 9 transactions (led by the TPG - Manipal Health Enterprise deal).

Published on April 02, 2018
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