During 2016, Private Equity Investment in Real Estate (PERE) increased by 26 percent with Rs 399 billion recorded in 2016 and Rs 316.7 billion in years 2015. Private Equity Investment in the sector has a hit a nine year high. The highest share of inflow was taken by Mumbai at 32 percent of the total private equity investments in Real Estate (PERE).
The average deal size increased to Rs 3.4 billion from 2.8 billion 2015, signing improved confidence amongst investors to make larger investments into the Indian real estate sector. During 2016, PE inflows into the housing sector increased by 5 percent. Domestic funds were most active investors in housing and accounted for almost 80 percent of the total investments.
Investment in commercial office assets were lower than the previous year, as a few large deal of office part initiated during in 2016 are still in active discussion and likely to close this year.
Last year 2016 was one of the best years for the organised retail real estate sector, with the sector attracting Rs 72 billion of PE investments. PE inflows into malls hiked seven times since 2015 levels on back of rising interest from institutional investors and funds looking to invest in top- grade leased malls with low vacancy levels. Recent efforts by the government to regulate the sector have been saw positively by investors who are now looking at the long term potential of the Indian market.