Q1 2019 INVESTMENT VOLUME BREAK RECORDS SINCE 2008: INVESTORS AGREE WITH INDIA’S POTENTIAL TO BE WHAT’S NEXT IN INDIAN REAL ESTATE

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  • Q1 investment volume was INR 17600 Crores, it’s the highest among first quarter records since 2008.
  • Q1 investments sees growth as twice as compared to Q4 2018.
  • Mumbai sees growth of overall 30.5% investment share.

National, 29th April 2019: The first quarter of 2019 recorded investment volume of INR 17600 crores (US$ 2.5 bn); more than double on a q-o-q basis, indicates Cushman & Wakefield’s research findings. The investments continued to maintain an upward trajectory beating the first quarter investment volumes of all years since 2008. This is reflective of the continued and strong investor confidence in the country’s real estate segment.

Foreign investors continued to retain an upbeat sentiment for investing in to Indian real estate, holding a significant 64% share in the quarterly investment volume. Further, partnerships and platforms set up by foreign investors and Indian counterparts constituted an additional 19% of the total private equity investments recorded in Q1 2019. Majority of investments made by the foreign investors on their own and at platform level were targeted at the office segment, which garnered a 54% share, followed by hospitality segment accounting for a share of 27%. Core, core plus and brownfield assets with further development potential constituted nearly all of the office sector investments by foreign investors during the quarter.

Residential segment continued to garner the maximum attention of domestic investors, with 98% of their investments in residential in Q1.

  Q1 2019 Q1 2018 Q4 2018 Y-o-Y increase Q-o-Q increase
in INR bn Total PE 176.82 165.28 84.53 7% 209%
Investments by foreign funds 113.38 62.60 53.38 81% 212%
Source: Cushman & Wakefield India

INDIA’S FIRST REIT LISTING

The much awaited and the first REIT listing by Blackstone backed Embassy Office Parks to raise INR 47.5 bn was well received with an oversubscription of 2.57 times. The REIT, which is also an opportunity for retail investors to invest in quality office assets, received significant interest both from institutional as well as retail investors. The success of the REIT based on promised and generated returns would augur well for office segment going forward, paving the way for more such listings from institutional investors who have been in the process of building up a portfolio of rent-yielding assets in the past few years. Institutional investors including sovereign and pension funds have been placing their bets on the country’s office and retail assets in the past based on strong economic growth as well as consumption demand. This is reflective of the new peaks being achieved in the private equity investment space.

CITY-WISE INVESTMENTS

Mumbai led the investment activity among all cities during Q1 2019 with a 30.5% share in the overall investments. This was followed by Bengaluru constituting 27.3% share of the private equity inflows. Multi-city investments (in hospitality and residential segments) constituted 24.2% of the quarterly fund inflows.

Private equity majors Blackstone & Brookfield Asset Management as well as Abu Dhabi Investment Authority were among the key institutional investors in Q1 2019.

Percentage change
City Q1 2019 Q1 2018 Q4 2018 Y-o-Y Q-o-Q
Mumbai 54.0 63.3 10.2 -15% 429%
Delhi NCR 6.1 10.5 17.8 -42% -66%
Bengaluru 48.3 4.6 2.5 949% 1869%
Pune 4.0 3.4 17.3 17% -77%
Chennai 11.3 3.5 35.5 224% -68%
Hyderabad 10.0 8.0 1.3 25% 681%
Source: Cushman & Wakefield India

ASSET-WISE INVESTMENTS

Office segment accounted for 44.8% of the total investments in Q1 2019, with INR 7925 crores (US$ 1.14 bn) being infused in the sector. This was a 30% increase y-o-y, signaling the persistent investment appetite for quality office assets in the country.

Hospitality investments have more than trebled in the previous 4-year period (since 2015) compared to the 4-year period prior to that, signifying investor interest for the right opportunities around operational and distressed assets in this sector.

Residential segment accounted for 20.9% of the overall private equity inflows at INR 3697 crores (US$ 0.5 bn) during the quarter. The residential sector hit hard by the liquidity issues of NBFCs, which were major source of refinancing and lending to this asset class, recorded a 56.6% decline y-o-y in investments in Q1 2019. Even though the investments have revived on a q-o-q basis, there is expectation of some more pain in this sector, which is already grappling with significant unsold inventory, stalled projects and now a relative lack of financing for completing projects, before investments start picking up again. Retail and industrial segments constituted 5.7% and 4.3%, respectively of the investment inflows in Q1 2019. Logos India which raised funding from Canada’s Ivanhoé Cambridge and QuadReal Property Group earlier, acquired 2.2 msf of warehousing assets in Chennai during Q1. This is the first investment of the logistics platform between Logos India & Assetz Property.

Investments in INR bn Percentage change
Segment Q1 2019 Q1 2018 Q4 2018 Q-o-Q Y-o-Y
Residential 36.97 85.18 11.16 331% -57%
Office 79.25 61.00 54.97 44% 30%
Hospitality 39.50 12.00     329%
Retail 10.00 2.50     300%
Mixed Use / Others 3.50 1.10     218%
Industrial 7.60 3.50 18.40 -59% 117%
Source: Cushman & Wakefield India

Q1 2019 witnessed creation of two new platforms wherein HDFC Capital Advisors and Tribeca set up an INR 500 Crores residential development platform for mid segment projects in Mumbai & Delhi NCR. Kotak Investment Advisors collaborated with DivyaSree Developers for INR 5.7 crores platform to develop & acquire office assets across India.

INVESTOR ACTIVITY: WHAT’S NEXT

Office and industrial sectors will continue to shine in the upcoming quarters with institutional investors upbeat on both asset classes. Brookfield Asset Management with significant holdings in the office segment is exploring opportunities in the warehousing and rental housing sectors through a INR 104265 crores (US $ 15 bn) global fund. Xander Group, which already has a retail platform, is planning to set up a logistics platform to leverage this sunshine sector which has been aided by several conducive policies like grant of infrastructure status and implementation of Goods & Services Tax. The upcoming quarter is expected to see few more notable transactions across these asset classes including retail.


Higher participation of foreign investors this quarter is a signal towards sustained interest in the country’s real estate story backed by increasing transparency and friendly investment policies. There are bright opportunities in the warehousing/logistics segment with office and retail sectors showing continued traction. The first successful REIT listing has opened another avenue for investors to participate in the momentum visible in office markets while also reinforcing the attractiveness of Indian realty.

 

  • Anshul Jain, Country Head & Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield India