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Despite the hype, investors are hesitant to fund core education

The education sector is sometimes touted as the next big opportunity for investors. You only have to look at the valuations of the few plays on education in the market to realize it’s a story that has been sold to investors. And not without reason. A recession-proof sector, an inefficient public education system, a growing young population and aspiring middle class besides the “education-hungry” Indian, are reckoned to be reasons for this rush of funds into education. A CLSA Asia-Pacific report last year said India’s education and training sector is a US$40 billion market, with a potential to grow at a compounded 16% a year for the next five years. Profit margins at the operational level range from 15 to 35 % across the sector. […]

Actis raises $750 mn for investment in emerging markets

Global private equity firm Actis today said it has raised $750 million for investment in infrastructure across emerging markets, including India. These pan-emerging markets will focus principally on opportunities in power generation and transport, Actis said in a statement, adding the $750 million will come under its 'Actis Infrastructure Fund 2'. “Actis' presence on the ground across Africa, China, India, Latin America and South East Asia gives the fund an unrivalled presence in its targets markets,” it added. […]

HDFC AMC acquires 10% in Nitesh Estates for Rs 100 crore

HDFC Asset Management Company has picked up 10% in Bangalore-headquartered real estate firm Nitesh Estates for Rs 100 crore, said banking sources privy to the development. The transaction comes at a time when Nitesh Estates is working towards an IPO in the last quarter of the current fiscal. Sources said the transaction at discounted price was a pre-IPO placement, with the HDFC arm planning to offload shares at the time of the issue or anytime in the next one year. The deal, clinched over the weekend, may have come at 15-20% discount. KPMG and J Sagar Associates were advisors to the transaction. The company executive director LS Vaidyanathan declined to comment. […]