Kotak Realty Fund raises R523 crore

Written by fe Bureau | Mumbai | Updated: Dec 14 2011, 06:15am hrs
Kotak Realty Fund, owned by India's fifth largest private sector lender by revenue, raised R523 crore to lend to real estate developers with an assured return.

It is a high inflationary environment and we are sure to get equity-like returns on debt-like risks, says Vikas Chimakurthy, director at Kotak Realty Fund, which manages R3,500 crore. Real estate developers are under stress as lenders have turn stringent.

Kotak has raised money from its existing investors. Our investors are satisfied with the returns and hence agreed to invest in the debt fund which they preferred more over equity, Chimakurthy said.

A better track record supported by a large wealth management portfolio helped Kotak to raise money in a tough market, says a fund manager, adding, Debt with an assured return offer anywhere between 20 to 21% returns, better than equity. Private equity investors invested $784 m in real estate projects between January and September, 2011, 4% lower than in the same period previous year at R4,248 crore, VCCircle, data provider showed.

Not many Indian or global PE funds are interested in investing in the Indian real estate sector. Since the competition is less, we find a good opportunity to invest here, Chimakurthy of Kotak Realty Fund said.