Private equity firms such as Baring India and Bain Capital are in talks to acquire 10 per cent stake in DHFL while EverSource Capital may invest around $100 million in Ayana Renewable. Also, Vodafone Idea may garner $2.8 billion from its tower, optical fibre assets sale.
PE firms eye strategic stake in DHFL
Private equity firms Baring India, Bain Capital and Hero Fincorp are said to have shown interest in acquiring 10 per cent stake in Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL), according to a report in The Economic Times.
“DHFL promoters are looking to sell a 10 per cent stake to strategic investors through various ways, including an open offer,” said one of the sources cited in the report. “PE firms including Bain Capital, Baring India and Hero Fincorp are likely to bid after they lost out on Aadhar Housing Finance.”
DHFL chairman and managing director Kapil Wadhawan, who has also taken an additional charge of CEO, will step down once the process is over, added the news report.
Holding company Wadhawan Global Capital Ltd owns 37.3 per cent in DHFL, BNP Paribas owns 4.65 per cent, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) 3.44 per cent and Lazard Emerging Markets Small Cap Equity Trust 1.44 per cent.
EverSource Capital looks to invest around $100m in Ayana Renewable
EverSource is a green infrastructure joint venture between private equity fund Everstone Group and UK-based Lightsource BP. Last year, the platform launched Green Growth Equity Fund with a target of $700 million where the UK government and India’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund would be co-anchors with a commitment of $160 million each.
Early last year, the UK government’s development finance institution CDC Group Plc had launched Ayana Renewable, which plans to add at least 2,000 MW of renewable power by 2022 in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. CDC Group has committed an investment of Rs 800 crore for Ayana.
Vodafone Idea may raise $2.8b via tower, optical fibre assets sale
Vodafone Idea is likely to rake in around Rs 20,000 crore ($2.8 billion) through its proposed stake sale in mobile tower firm Indus Tower and monetisation of optical fibre assets, said a Press Trust of India report.
“Vodafone Idea has received combined valuation of around Rs 20,000 crore for mobile towers and optical fibre assets that it is planning to sell. Discussions have started around it,” said a source cited in the report.
The Indian telecom giant plans to use the funds to pare its mammoth debt, which was around at Rs 1,23,660 crore at the end of 2018.
Vodafone Group stake in Indus Towers was not part of the Vodafone-Idea merger, although Idea has transferred its stake to the merged entity which currently owns 11.15 per cent in Indus Towers.