Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Trikona Capital to invest $18 mn in Fortis Healthcare

Trikona Capital is investing to the tune of $18 mn in Fortis Healthcare, a company promoted by the founders of Ranbaxy Laboratories. Earlier, George Soros’ Soros Private Equity Partners and Blue Ridge Capital were believed to have invested $50 mn in Fortis to buy a 10% stake in the company. Fortis has filed for an IPO and intends to raise Rs. 730 crores from the issue.

Fortis needs the funds to further its expansion plans as well as to write-off the debt it had incurred while acquiring Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre. Fortis Healthcare has chalked out some meg-expansion plans, partly through acquisitions, which will require investments of Rs. 2250 crores by 2010.

Trikona Capital is a real estate-focused private equity firm; it is planning to invest around $1 bn in the Indian market in the next one year. So far, it has made investments of up to $150 million in India. Apart from Fortis, Trikona’s investments include a minority stake in IL&FS Transportation and Networks for $10 million, $20 million in an integrated township project in Thane, $22 million in a residential project in Mumbai and around $55 million in an IT park in Greater Noida. The fund also has partnerships with HDFC and IL&FS to make investments in India.

Read The Economic Times article.

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