Private Equity Investments in India Jumped Threefold to $7.46B in 2006

Private equity and venture capital investments in India surged more than threefold to a record $7.46 billion in 2006, compared to $2.3 billion in 2005, according to Venture Intelligence data, reports Dow Jones. 

Excluding investments in real estate sector, private equity funds invested nearly $2.6 billion in 67 deals in Indian during the last quarter of 2006 alone. 

Other Highlights from Venture Intelligence data:

  • 299 total deals in 2006, with 26 worth more than $50 million compared with 9 such deals a year earlier.
  • The information technology and IT-enabled services segment attracted the highest amount of investment with $1.47 billion spread over 87 deals in 2006. 
  • The manufacturing industry drew $962 million of investments in 55 deals.
  • Investments in startup companies accounted for 20% of total deals in 2006 while  investments in publicly traded companies made up 22% 

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