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India Inc opts for QIPs to raise Rs 40,000 cr in 2009

With the market for new share issues still comatose, Qualified institutional placements, or QIPs, have replaced IPOs as the chosen method in corporate India for raising money. A steady stream of companies have used the QIP route, under which securities are placed with institutions much like private placements, to raise thousands of crores in recent weeks. And the flood is only set to increase in the coming weeks. About 30 more QIPs with an estimated value of Rs 40,000 crore could hit the Indian market this year, according to estimates by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of business information. The biggest QIPs expected to take place are likely to be of Essar Oil (Rs 10,000 crore) and Cairn India (Rs 5,000 crore). […]

ICICI Venture sells RFCL arm to Pfizer Animal Health

ICICI Venture Funds Management Company today said it has sold the animal healthcare division of RFCL, Vetnex, to Pfizer Animal Health for an undisclosed sum. The sale is expected to close by August 2009, ICICI said in a release. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “RFCL is a classic ICICI Venture buyout, involving the divestiture of a non-core business of a large corporate along with participation from the managerment team of the business,” ICICI Venture MD & CEO Vishakha Mulye said in a release. […]

Pantaloon to raise Rs 1,000cr from PE firms

Pantaloon Retail, the country's largest retailer, today said it plans to raise as much as Rs 1,000 crore by selling shares to investors. The company board gave its approval for the fund raising plans today. Pantaloon is expected to go for a private placement of its shares with private equity companies within the next 45 days, company sources said. Already, the company is in talks with leading PE firms such as Carlyle, Blackstone, Bain Capital, KKR and Goldman Sachs to raise funds, sources added. […]

Dish TV founders sell 5.8 pc stake

Founders of direct-to-home firm Dish TV have sold 5.8 per cent stake in the company to raise about Rs 270 crore, following which the shares plunged over 16 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange. “The founders have sold about 5.8 per cent of the stake in the company to fund their share of the rights issue. The second tranche of the rights issue is due. So, the funds will be deployed back into the company for its payment,” Dish TV Managing Director Jawahar Goel told media. The company has sold about 5.51 crore shares at a price of Rs 49 a piece, aggregating to Rs 270 crore, through block deal counter of the stock exchanges. […]

Trident to raise $400 million for India fund

US-based venture capital firm Trident Capital is planning to raise its next global fund worth between $350-400 million. The company said a significant focus of the new fund would be on India. This will be the firm’s seventh such global fund. It is at present investing out of its sixth fund worth $430 million. Venetia Kontogouris, managing director of Trident Capital, told Financial Chronicle, “We hope India will be a big growth story for us.’’ The firm has recruited a venture person on ground in India, its first such initiative outside the US. The venture firm is looking at non-technology areas for investments, for it feels that technology has become commoditised. According to Kontogouris, Trident is looking to invest in areas such as clean technology, bill payments and security products. […]

SBI to launch several private equity funds

After launching an infrastructure fund in collaboration with Macquaire and IFC, State Bank of India is in the process of setting up 'several' other funds to cash in on the area, which is gaining importance as an alternate asset class. “The bank is at an advanced stage in setting up a general purpose private equity fund jointly with sovereign entities in Oman. The Indian Government has designated the bank as the operationalising agency for a similar sovereign fund with Qatar. Several other funds are at various stages of formation,” SBI said in its latest annual report. SBI has already set up an infrastructure fund in association with Macquarie of Australia and IFC Washington primarily aimed at investing in India's infrastructure space. […]