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DLF seals joint venture with GIC after promoters’ Rs9,000 crore stake sale

LiveMint logoLiveMint 27-08-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Realty major DLF on Sunday said it has entered into a joint venture (JV) with GIC to build rental assets in India after its promoters sold 33.34% stake in the rental arm to the Singapore sovereign wealth fund for Rs8,900 crore.

In the biggest deal in the Indian real estate sector, DLF promoters on Friday decided to sell their entire 40% stake in a rental arm DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd for Rs11,900 crore that included sale of stake to GIC as well as buyback of shares by the DLF Cyber City.

With this deal, DLF stake in the DLF Cyber City will increase to 66.66% from 60% while GIC will have 33.34% stake.

In a joint statement, DLF and GIC announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership to develop a rental assets portfolio under the consolidated portfolio of the DLF Cyber City.

DLF promoter group firm, DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd and GIC Singapore affiliate Reco Diamond Pvt Ltd executed the share purchase and shareholders agreement on Sunday, the realty major said.

This partnership would enable sustainable long-term growth of DLF Cyber City’s rental business and creates an optimum structure to improve efficiency, with long-term capital for growth of the portfolio, the statement said.

Commenting on the JV, DLF vice chairman Rajiv Singh said the company has entered into yet another landmark transaction with GIC, which had invested Rs2,000 crore in two housing projects in Delhi.

“Going forward, we expect this partnership to unlock significant embedded value in this portfolio and achieve scale and growth to unprecedented levels,” he added.

Lee Kok Sun, chief investment officer of GIC Real Estate, said the company has enhanced its existing partnership with DLF.

“This portfolio comprises high quality, income-generating assets which are located across India’s top-tier cities. In addition, there is a significant development potential within the portfolio. As a long-term investor, we believe in the growth potential of India and in strengthening relationships with like-minded partners,” he added.

On 25 August, DLF promoters decided to sell their entire 40% stake in the DLF Cyber City for Rs11,900 crore.

They would sell 33.34% stake to GIC for Rs8,900 crore while the remaining shares would be bought back by the DLF Cyber City for Rs3,000 crore.

The deal was done at an enterprise value of Rs35,617 crore for DLF Cyber City.

DLF promoters will get gross proceeds of Rs11,900 crore (approximately $1.9 billion), which comprises secondary sale of equity shares to GIC for Rs8,900 crore and two buybacks of CCPS for Rs3,000 crore (approximately $0.5 billion) by DLF Cyber City.

Promoters would invest a “substantial portion” of the transaction proceeds into the DLF Ltd, which, in turn, would use this fund for repayment of debt that has touched nearly Rs26,000 crore.

“The transaction shall create one of the leading platform play for rental properties, with rent yielding assets of 26.9 million square feet (msf). The portfolio currently has an under development pipeline of approximately 2.5 msf, with further development potential of approximately 19 msf within the portfolio,” the statement said.

The DLF Cyber City earns an annual rental income of Rs2,600 crore from its current portfolio.

DLF is the country’s largest real estate firm with about 250 million sq ft of land bank and 30 million sq. ft of rental portfolio while GIC is a leading global investment firm with well over $100 billion in assets under management.

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