Bahrain’s TAIB Bank shells out Rs 216 cr for 26% in Anant Raj

In the midst of a general slow down in the Indian real estate market, TAIB Bank, a leading private bank based in Bahrain, has picked up a 26% stake in Anant Raj Projects for Rs 216 crore. The deal, one of the first Shari’ah-compliant transactions in the Indian real estate industry, puts the valuation of the subsidiary of New Delhi-based Anant Raj Industries (ARIL) at Rs 831 crore.

TAIB Bank has routed the investment through its real estate investment arm Acacia Real Estate. Anand Raj Projects plans to develop of 6,00,000 square feet of retail space which is expected to be operational by first half of 2009. The proceeds of the transaction will be invested in this project. DTZ India, the Indian subsidiary of DTZ Holdings, and International Property Consultant were the advisors to the transaction.

Confirming the development, ARIL executive director Amar Sarin said, “Though the real estate market is passing through a tough phase, the investors are still keen to invest in bankable projects. Our deal with Acacia reinforces the fact that in real estate and, especially, in retail sector, location still remains the fundamental value generator”.

India’s real estate market is experiencing a slow down. Developers are facing a cash crunch due to the slow down in sales as well as tight liquidity conditions. This has perhaps forced them to look at raising funds from PE investors.

Rajeev Bairathi, associate director, investment advisory, DTZ said, “This deal proves that despite prevailing market condition, investors are ready to pay a premium for participating in projects promoted by reputed developers with established track record, adequate experience and expertise in creating quality product”.