Signage for Temasek Holdings Pte is displayed in the lobby at the company’s headquarters as an employee passes through an electronic gate in Singapore. Photo: Bloomberg
Signage for Temasek Holdings Pte is displayed in the lobby at the company’s headquarters as an employee passes through an electronic gate in Singapore. Photo: Bloomberg

Temasek, Ascendas join hands to invest $300 million in logistics business

Industrial real estate is fast emerging as the go-to asset class for investors and developers, as India's consumption and e-commerce story gets a boost from the government's Make in India initiative

Bengaluru: Singapore-based Ascendas-Singbridge Group and Temasek Holdings Pvt Ltd have jointly committed an investment of around $300 million in logistics and industrial real estate projects in India through the Ascendas India Logistics Programme.

This comes after Ascendas-Singbridge, which is jointly owned by Temasek Holdings and JTC Corporation, partnered with Indian industrial real estate firm Firstspace Realty in 2017 to form the joint venture Ascendas-Firstspace to deliver logistics and industrial facilities across major warehousing and manufacturing hubs in the country.

Industrial real estate is fast emerging as the go-to asset class for investors and developers, as India’s consumption and e-commerce story gets a boost from the government’s Make in India initiative and the goods and services tax.

“Given strong domestic consumption trends, investments in high-quality logistics and industrial facilities are necessary to support India’s economic growth in the years to come," said He Jihong, chief investment officer, Ascendas-Singbridge Group. “We welcome Temasek’s support and investment in the programme, which will leverage Ascendas-Firstspace’s global customer base and local execution capabilities to meet the needs of the future economy."

The programme will tap into India’s growing logistics sector and invest in projects in Mumbai, the National Capital Region, Pune, Chennai, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, among other places. It aims to develop a portfolio of 13 to 15 million sq. ft of space. So far, it has two seed assets—1.25 million sq. ft of operational space and more than 4 million sq. ft in development potential.

“We view the logistics and industrial sector as a good proxy to growing middle-income populations and transforming economies," said Promeet Ghosh, managing director, India, Temasek. “The positive momentum of the sector, underpinned by the Indian government’s Make in India vision, as well as healthy consumption trends, present opportunities for us to further invest in India’s continued growth."

India’s warehousing and logistics sector has attracted investments of more than a billion dollars in 2017 and is expected to witness higher interest in building businesses around steady rental income.

“With its institutional backing and local execution ability, Ascendas-Firstspace is the leading player in India’s logistics and industrial real estate sector," said Aloke Bhuniya, CEO of Ascendas-Firstspace. “We are excited to further strengthen our position and are privileged to have the support of Ascendas-Singbridge and Temasek."

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