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Private Equity Investments to touch $13.5 Bn in 2007

si Team
Friday, December 7, 2007
si Team
As the global private equity (PE) players are in a hustle to invest in the country, India is expected to log $13.5 billion in PE investments during 2007, and the figure could rise to almost $20 billion by 2010.

The first half of the current year has already registered 173 deals worth $5.47 billion against $7.46 billion of PE deals announced in 2006. This is expected to further accelerate in the second half of 2007, when an estimated over 250 deals are projected to bring another $8.02 billion.

As per research and analytics firm, Evalueserve, there are over 366 investment-related firms currently operating in India and another 69 have raised, or are in the process of
raising funds.

In its latest research report, Evalueserve said, “In total, these PE firms seem to have amassed $48 billion earmarked for investment in India between July 2007 and December 2010. Clearly, this is in stark contrast to 1996, when Indian companies only received $20 million.”

Against a typical PE investment threshold of $25 million for the U.S. and Europe, the Evalueserve analysis indicated that with wages in India being a fraction of U.S. wages and with other costs, including hardware, software, machinery, office furniture, and real estate in the large cities remain the same. The comparative benchmark for

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