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Sovereign funds raise anchor investment­s AT A GLANCE


Sovereign and private equity funds have not only found exit opportunit­ies in this year’s initial public offering (IPO) boom but have increased their investment through the anchor route.

These funds have invested ~1,247 crore or a tenth of the anchor investor money in this year’s IPOs so far, up from seven per cent last year, says private equity (PE) consultanc­y Venture Intelligen­ce.

A total of ~12,275 crore has been raised through the anchor investor route in 27 IPOs this year till now; issue size was ~41,791 crore. The rest of the anchor investment, nearly ~11,000 crore, came from domestic institutio­nal investors, including insurance companies and mutual funds.

“Though IPOs have been highly priced this year, sovereign funds have taken a macro call for investing in India, versus other markets,” says Arun Natarjan, founder, Venture Intelligen­ce. “For these long-term investors, current (higher) prices are not such a big concern.”

HDFC Standard Life Insurance had a ~8,695 crore IPO this month; it raised ~2,322 crore from anchor investors. Of this, ~282 crore Anchor placements* 2016 2017(YTD) Companies thatreceiv­ed highestanc­hor placement* SBI Life 13 17 HDFCStanda­rd Life Eris Lifescienc­es Highestanc­hor placements* Figures in ~ cr Abu Dhabi Investment­Authority 108 GIC CPPIB was raised from funds, including Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). The latter has invested ~416 crore through the anchor investor route across various IPOs this year, up from ~108 crore last year.

SBI Life Insurance had a ~8,400 crore IPO in September; ~2,226 crore was raised through anchor investors. Of this, ~423 core was from funds, including the Singapore government’s GIC and ADIA. GIC was the second largest investor among these funds this year, with investment of ~299 crore, up from ~293 crore last year.

Baring PE Partners India was among those in its segment which also found this route attractive. It invested through this in the IPO of PE funds prefer investing in private companies and look for exit opportunit­ies when these are listed. They also participat­e in the secondary markets through PIPE (private investment­s in public enterprise­s) deals, when they see such opportunit­ies. But, PE investing in an IPO is not usual.

“Though most of the IPOs have been highly priced this year, we found this opportunit­y attractive,” said Rahul Bhasin, managing partner at Baring. “You can still consider it an exception than a rule.”

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