Media and entertainment a hit with PE investors
Among done deals, Singapore-based Nalanda Capital picked up a stake in Kalanidhi Maran's Sun TV Network Ltd for Rs 100 crore; Asian hedge fund Altima India Master Fund picked up 14% in The Indian Film Company, while Bollywood portal Chakpak.com has raised an undisclosed amount from Canaan Partners.
The Indian entertainment and media industry is estimated to touch Rs 1,15,700 crore by 2012 with a compounded annual growth rate of 18% between 2008-12, according to a recent report by Ficci and PricewaterhouseCoopers. For 2007, the report pegged the size of the TV industry at Rs 22,600 crore, print media at Rs 14,900 crore, filmed entertainment at Rs 9,600 crore and radio at Rs 620 crore. Harish Gandhi, executive director, Canaan Partners, said, "The sector is always an attractive opportunity for investments as the Indian youth's spending capacity on entertainment is growing."
Mounting investment in Indian films, which is at times more than investments in Hollywood movies, is a clear indication of the ongoing growth of the industry, he added. Bollywood, valued at $12.5 billion, is the world's most productive movie industry with more than 1,000 releases a year. Though the number of PE deals in media
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