'Private Equity's invested Rs $2.5 bn'

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SummaryThe investment amount in the September quarter showed a growth of 4.4 per cent.

Private equity firms invested about USD 2.5 billion across 97 deals during the quarter ended September 2012 driven mainly by the Bain Capital-Genpact deal, says a study.

According to the study by Venture Intelligence, the USD 1 billion investment by Bain Capital in Gurgaon-based BPO firm Genpact, the investment amount in the September quarter (excluding real estate deals) showed a growth of 4.4 per cent

over that invested in the same period last year. In the September quarter last year private equity firms invested USD 2,415 million across 120 transactions, Venture

Intelligence, a research service focused on Private Equity and M&A transaction activity in India said. The September quarter PE investment value also showed a healthy 32 per cent surge over the immediate previous quarter (which had witnessed USD 1,909 million being invested across 105 transactions).

Despite the quarterly uptick, the total PE investments in the first nine months of this year stood at USD 6,488 million across 309 transactions, down significantly from the USD 8,882 million across 357 transactions in the same period in 2011.

The Bain Capital-Genpact deal was the largest PE investment during the third quarter this year, followed by the SBI-Macquarie's USD 150 million investment in Ashoka Concessions, a road-construction subsidiary of publicly-listed Ashoka Buildcon. Led by the Genpact deal, IT & ITES companies attracted USD 1,295 million (51 per cent of the value pie) across 45 reported investments during third quarter of this year. In other IT & ITES transactions, Blackstone acquired a

6.1 per cent stake in publicly listed Financial Technologies India through open market transactions; Actis invested USD 40 million in ATM outsourcing and payments company AGS Transact Technologies and Carlyle picked up shares worth USD 39 million in publicly listed Infotech Enterprises. Venture Capital type deals accounted for 54 per cent of the investments (in volume terms) during Q3 2012 compared to 42 per cent in the corresponding period a year ago.

Meanwhile, private equity-real estate firms made 10 investments (amounting to USD 394 million) during the quarter ended September 2012.

The volume of investments was down 44 per cent compared to the 18 investments in the same period last year (which witnessed USD 726 million worth of deals), the report said.

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