Chinese investment conglomerate Fosun Group has acquired majority stake in a property development platform it has formed with realty developer Ahuja Constructions for 800 crore with an option to further its investment going forward. This is not only Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Fosun’s maiden real estate deal in India, but it also kicks off the Chinese developers’ activity in the country’s burgeoning property sector.
This deal also assumes significance since it is a pure equity transaction and the group plans to invest up to 2,500 crore into this new entity over the next 3 years. Out of a total 800 crore, Fosun will invest 400 crore in the first tranche in this platform for ongoing operations and two new acquisitions in Mumbai’s Malad and Chembur locality. The joint platform would raise finances through sales, and if necessary, debt.
With this partnership, Fosun and Ahuja Constructions will work on an expanded business philosophy by creating new business verticals such as offices, retail, logistics apart from existing residential development. The new entity is also looking to take advantage of the ongoing sluggish business environment in the real estate sector and has aggressive plans to acquire projects in the next 8-12 months.
Ahuja Constructions’ expertise in slum rehabilitation and affordable housing projects apart from society redevelopments and land acquisition has proved to be a solid appeal for Fosun to conclude this deal.
Fosun has been working on its plan to gain a toehold in India’s real estate for some time now and has been looking for a partner with expertise in these areas. The Shanghai-headquartered company is making this investment through its real estate arm Fosun Hive.
A part from the Mumbai property market, Fosun is also looking at such acquisition and alliance opportunities in Bengaluru and the National Capital Region (NCR).
Ahuja Constructions is bringing its large affordable housing and slum rehabilitation projects into this platform. The company has 10 million sq ft space under construction across total seven projects including large projects in Bhiwadi and Ambernath near Mumbai, prominent city-centric and suburban space projects in Mumbai’s Worli, Pali Hill, Sion, Oshiwara and Malad areas.
The projects in Mumbai’s peripheral areas such as Ambernath and Bhiwandi are expected to provide the volume, while city-centre projects in prime locations such as Worli, Sion, Oshiwara and Bandra‘s Pali Hill will offer high value to the platform.