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ICICI Venture Set Up Infrastructure Equity Fund

India's largest private-sector lender ICICI Bank said its private equity arm–ICICI Venture Capital Fund—-would set up an infrastructure equity fund. It had also called for measures to enable higher infrastructure financing by banks, say reports. On the sidelines of a conference on state highways on Monday in New Delhi, ICICI Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director Chanda Kochhar said infrastructural lending by banks had risen to $67 billion from $2 billion in the last 10 years, adding that the debt requirement could be as high as $500 billion during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). ICICI Bank has advanced Rs.12,000 crore for state highway projects since its inception 55 years ago. Of this, its own money was Rs.5,000 crore and the rest was secured through syndication with other banks, she said. […]

Intex to secure $65 MIllion from PE investment

As part of the growth plans, IT hardware and electronic firm Intex Technologies is planning to secure $65 mmillion from private equity investors in the next three-five years. The company is targeting a 100 percent growth in revenues for 2010-11 to Rs. 1,200 crore from Rs. 593 crore, reports Kirtika Suneja of Business Standard. The company has grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 38 percent over the last five years. “We are looking at a five-year plan for PE funding and are in talks with six PE players as of now before we go for an initial public offering (IPO). We will also be ploughing back some resources. Also, we are looking for strategic PE investors and not only a financial investor,” said Ramesh A Vaswani, Executive Vice Chairman, Intex. As for the IPO, Intex plans to get listed on Indian stock exchanges in the first phase before it looks at other bourses. Moreover, the company is eyeing huge revenue growth from its small format retail stores, called Intex Square, which are 18 in number but will rise to 100 by March next year. […]