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ICICI Venture Fund to invest $250 million-$300 million in realty

ICICI Venture Fund Management Co Ltd (IVFMC), the investment unit of ICICI Bank Ltd, is planning to invest $250 million-$300 million over the next three years in realty, especially in the residential segment in India. At present, the company does not plan to invest in the commercial segment.

“We will be investing about $250-$300 million over the next three years, mainly in residential properties. I expect, by that time, the general market will also show signs of recovery. We will be soon raising fresh capital,” said Sanjeev Dasgupta, president for real estate, IVFMC.
 
He said, “The company plans to invest in new residential projects, even in projects which are (only) 30% complete. Developers do not have capacity to raise capital. Those projects are available today at attractive valuations.”
 
The fall in home loan rates is also a factor which is attracting investors. The venture fund is evaluating the market; it is not in a hurry to invest. “Investors are doing greater degree of diligence because a lot of things have gone wrong. They took a view on investment which involved a lot of risk and they thought they would manage it but they could not,” said Mr Dasgupta.
 
The company feels that the residential segment will see another round of small correction over the next six months as developers have increased prices at a rapid rate. “After the increase in prices, volume sales have dropped by 15%. Sales being currently witnessed are being driven by end-users and not speculative investors, contrary to what was witnessed during the boom,” said Mr Dasgupta.
“Till the first half of 2010, we are going to see few volume deals happening. We will see some degree of improvement from Q3 FY10 which again depends on many factors. As we are hearing some positive news on the economic front, we will see good growth in the real-estate segment,” he added.
 
The company is not thinking of investing in the commercial segment as most of the investors find that exiting from the asset is complicated and driven by many factors beyond their control. However, the residential segment has self-liquidating assets, so it is easier to exit and also get good returns.

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Industry to maintain double digit growth, says Montek

Attributing the double digit industrial growth rate to stimulus packages, the Planning Commission on Friday said that the growth momentum would be maintained in the coming months, reports PTI. 

"To get a growth rate well above 10% is not just a base effect. There is an element growth that is taking place, which I hope will be sustained," Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters.
 
According to data released earlier in the day, industrial production grew by a robust 10.3% in October against a paltry 0.1% in the same month a year ago, powered by manufacturing, particularly consumer durables.
 
Pointing out that the government’s efforts were yielding results, Mr Ahluwalia said, "We have been saying consistently that the stimulus is taking effect and the recovery process is therefore gaining ground. Our forecast about improvement in economic growth is accurate and we would be able to maintain this momentum in coming months."
 
The Planning Commission has projected a growth rate of 6.5% for the current financial year. The Commission, however, may revise its growth projections in view of the high growth rate of 7.9% recorded during the second quarter of 2009-10.
 
The strong industrial production data came days after a better-than-expected economic growth of 7.9% in the second quarter of this fiscal, reflecting that the economy would sustain the recovery provided that agriculture does not slip too much.
 
For the first seven months of this fiscal, industry expanded by 7.1% against 4.3% a year ago.
 
Manufacturing, which has almost 80% weight in the Index of Industrial Production, grew by 11.1% against (-)0.6% a year ago, when the industry faced the full impact of the global financial crisis after the collapse of US financial services icon Lehman Brothers.
 
Within manufacturing, consumer durables production expanded by 21% in October against (-)1.6% a year ago. Mining production grew by 8.2% in the month against 3.2% and electricity generation expanded by 4.7% compared to 4.4%.
 
Industrial growth for September was revised to 9.6% from the provisional estimate of 9.1%.

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Organised retail to touch $13 billion by 2010

The retail sector is growing at 5.5% not only in metros but even in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, according to an ASSOCHAM report.

The Indian retail sector is expected to grow at a rate of 5.5% to $410 billion (around Rs19,03,844 crore) by 2010 from about $300 billion at present, industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said on Monday.

The chamber said that organised retail, which at present accounts for nearly 5% of the overall retail market, is likely to touch $13 billion (around Rs60,375 crore) by 2010 from $9.23 billion (around Rs42,000 crore) currently.

"The size of Indian retail sector is estimated to grow by a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%, to become a $410-billion market by 2010," it said.
India has one of the highest numbers of retail outlets in the world. The sector is witnessing exponential growth not only in major cities but even in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, ASSOCHAM president Swati Piramal said.

Over 100 malls of over 30 million square feet are projected to open in India by end-2010, according to the report. DLF has declared its intentions to build around 500 luxury lifestyle stores across India within five years, while the Tata group is expanding its retail business with 100 new Croma stores within three years.

The report also said that revenues from the retail sector may grow by 22.7% and 30.25% in the third and fourth quarter, respectively, of the current fiscal
(2009-10).
— Yogesh Sapkale
 

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