Friday, May 18, 2007

Foreign Private Equity firms to take India’s infrastructure story ahead

The monetary requirements for building infrastructure set by the government seems to find foreign support .The centre has earmarked $320 bn in infrastructure investments by 2012 which it proposes to accrue from its Foreign exchange reserves in partnership with foreign funds.

Various Private Equity firms has approved of investments pertaining to infrastructure in India .Citigroup and Blackstone will float a $5 billion fund with India’s Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) and India Infrastructure Finance Company (IIFC) .3i, another UK based PE firm, has put in $500 mn in projects with IIFC as its partner, in India .The SBI along with Société Générale of France plans to Rs 18 bn to invest in infrastructure companies .It also plans to venture into private equity with a target to invest Rs 42 bn in infrastructure .About 65% of these funds will be invested in equity .US based TransAsia infrastructure holdings will be another infrastructure dedicated fund to be launched by the end of 2007.

However all this is subject to approval by RBI who dictates an upper limit for External Commercial Borrowings(ECB’s) in India and also the decision to use the forex reserves is reserved with the RBI.

Source: www.economist.com

1 comment:

ilanit said...

Los Angeles private equity and hedge fund borrowing are the main things propping up the stock market these days. That won't last forever, but for now it's hiding the real economic damage that is being done.The tax issue is valid, and something most people can understand, but the real tragedy of the current situation is much more complex.