IFC plans to inject $15m more in Indian housing finance firm Aptus

International Finance Corp, a member of the World Bank Group, has proposed to invest up to $15 million in Chennai-based Aptus Value Housing Finance India Ltd.

According to a disclosure made by IFC, the investment will be made in the form of senior secured non-convertible debentures (NCDs) with a tenor of 7 years.

The investment proposal comes almost six months after WestBridge Capital-backed Aptus raised Rs 200 crore ($31 million) through debentures from a mutual fund.

In September 2016, the affordable housing-focused lender had raised Rs 270 crore ($40 million) from WestBridge Capital Partners, and India Financial Inclusion Fund.

IFC had earlier invested the same amount of $15 million via NCDs in Aptus in April 2016 as part of a cumulative $38 million financing that it had provided to three housing finance firms, which also included Aspire Home Finance Corporation and Micro Housing Finance Corporation.

According to the World Bank Group company, this latest investment is aimed at helping the company increase its reach in the affordable housing finance segment as well as diversify its funding base.

“IFC’s previous investment was the first NCD for Aptus. Since then the company has raised further funding through this route affirming IFC’s demonstration effect and helping Aptus diversify away from bank borrowing. NCDs now comprise 26 per cent of total debt funding,” it said in its filing.

Aptus is promoted by M Anandan who holds 31.7 per cent stake in the company as on December end. Its other major shareholders include WestBridge Crossover Fund LLC, that has 41.7 per cent stake, India Financial Inclusion Fund with 10.2 per cent and GHIOF Mauritius that holds 11.1 per cent share.

Aptus is headquartered in Chennai with presence in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Pondicherry. According to the company’s website, Aptus has 115 branches and a loan book of Rs 1,420 crore. It claims to have cumulative disbursement of Rs 1,860 crore.

Earlier this year, in February,  IFC had also proposed to invest up to $75 million in L&T Housing Finance Ltd in the form of non-convertible debentures.

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