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Tata Tech talks to PE investors

Tata Technologies, the engineering design and technology arm of the Tata group, is looking to do a private placement and is in talks with some PE investors, said a source familiar with the Pune-based company's plans. The renewed fund raising exercise comes after the company cancelled its initial public offering proposal some months ago. The plan was to raise Rs 400-500 crore from the capital market. Details about its proposed private placement remain sketchy. Sources say the company, depending upon valuations, intends to dilute 10-12% equity stake. Tata Motors is the single largest shareholder of Tata Technologies, with holding of 82%. The design houses employees and other Tata entities hold the balance. The company serves automotive, aerospace and consumer durable manufacturers. [...]

A K Capital buys 70.83% in NBFC for Rs 1.48 cr

A top Mumbai-based bond broker, A K Capital, has acquired 70.83 percent stake in a non-banking finance company (NBFC), Girdhar Vanijya, for Rs 1.48 crore. Through the NBFC, A K Capital plans to start an investment banking unit for the bond market. Talking to Business Standard, A K Capital’s Senior Vice-President Vikas Jain said, “There is tremendous opportunity in the corporate bond market, which is going to witness high activity in the coming days.” Recently, the Rs 500-crore bond issue of Tata Capital was a huge success. It received record subscription from the retail segment too. However, the NBCF business has been under consistent pressure after the meltdown in stock markets in 2008 as client defaults piled up. [...]

IDFC Project Equity invests $68.5m in Indian power production firm

IDFC Project Equity, an Indian infrastructure equity investor, has put INR3.5bn ($68.5m) into Essar Power, a power production company headquartered in Mumbai. The capital will be used for ongoing expansion projects. Essar Power operates three power plants: two in Hazira with generating capacity of 515MW and 500MW each and one in Vadinar with a capacity of 125MW. The company is currently implementing four power projects which are under various stages of construction and are scheduled to be completed over the next three years, after which the total capacity of Essar Power would increase to approximately 6000MW. MK Sinha, president and CEO of IDFC Project Equity, said, “We find the power sector particularly attractive and are delighted to partner with a strong and credible group like Essar for our first large investment in this sector since the initial fund close in June 2008. What we particularly like about this investment is our partner's credible and measured project development and execution plans.” [...]