Institutional investment in realty sector up 17% in July-Sep to $721 million

October 13, 2021

Institutional investment in real estate increased 17 per cent year-on-year to $721 million in the July-September period, driven by better infusion of funds in housing, data centre and warehousing projects, according to JLL India.

Institutional flow of funds includes investments by family offices, foreign corporate groups, foreign banks, proprietary books, pension funds, private equity, real estate fund-cum-developers, foreign funded NBFCs and sovereign wealth funds. It also includes anchor investors in REITs.

Property consultant JLL India said the data has been compiled as per available information in the public domain. The investment period has been captured on the basis of term sheet signed or transaction announcement and not from the actual transfer of capital. Investments in data centre sector have been included in the investments.

The consultant said that institutional investment posted 17 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth during Q3 2021 (July-September) as investors continued to conduct deals despite the resurgence led uncertainty and disruptions. However, the investment fell by 47 per cent on a sequential basis.

Residential segment

According to the data, institutional investments in residential sector remained flat at $211 million during the July-September period. Data centre and mixed use projects received $161 million and $137 million funding, respectively, as against nil in the year ago period.

Office segment saw a sharp decline in investments to $100 million in July-September from $405 million in the year-ago period.

“Office space transactions have been muted due to a likely delay in the due diligence process and investors gauging the unfolding of work from the office scenario,” the consultant said.

Warehousing and land got $94 million and $18 million, respectively, in Q3 of 2021 calendar year as against zero investments in the corresponding period of the previous year.

“Close analysts of investments during Q3 2021 reveals that it has been more balanced with the residential sector accounting for 29 per cent of the total investments, followed by alternative sector – Data Centre (DC) accounting for 22 per cent share. The mixed-use project of residential and commercial accounted for 19 per cent of the total investments,” said Lata Pillai, Managing Director and Head, Capital Markets, India, JLL.

As per the data, Mumbai with increased investments in the DC industry and capital flow in select residential projects led the investment pie with a 39 per cent share.

Bengaluru recorded entity-level investment in a mixed-use (residential and commercial) project leading to a 19 per cent share while NCR-Delhi with transactions in the residential and warehousing segment also had a similar share.

During the January-September period, the institutional investment rose to $2,977 million from $1,534 million in the year-ago period.

The consultant expects investment to rise during the fourth quarter of this calendar year.

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