India Private Equity Market Set to More Than Triple to $7 billion by 2010
The top 25 investments accounted for about half the total amount from 2000 through 2005; nearly half of all deals were for $100 million or less. About 70% of the top 25 investments involved growth-capital (for a minority position in a company) or private investments in public enterprises (PIPEs).
offers three primary recommendations for PE investors in the subcontinent:
1. Choose wisely:
Target dynamic new sectors benefiting from the rise of the consumer class, including healthcare, real estate, banking and credit
Capitalize on low-cost labor resources in areas such as software applications development, business services, engineering and technical design
Look opportunistically at emerging industry niches, including pharmaceuticals, automotive components and metal forging, as these subsectors and these industries build global scale
2. Exert quiet influence: Influence will come through bringing value-creating insights and recommendations
3. Bet on the right people: Forge key local relationships with experienced entrepreneurs and managers who know how navigate through fast-changing markets
According to Bain, significant challenges for PE players in India include:
Limited availability of secondary market data
high asset valuations, a hurdle toward buyout market creation
government limits on access to foreign leverage
the reluctance of family-controlled businesses to cede control
Bain's "Indian Private Equity Outlook" study reviewed more than 150 Indian private equity deals, valued at about $7 billion, which represented 80 percent of all private equity deals in India from 2000 through 2005.
Some of the best sources to keep an eye on the dynamics of Indian Growth and PE market include: NASSCOM, the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT software and services industry in India; VC Circle with a daily recap of the latest in Indian Venture Capital, Priavte Equity and M&A; and Inside India’s VC Boom at GigaOM.