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Prestige group in advance talks with Blackstone to sell commercial assets

Prestige group is in advance discussion to sell its various commercial assets for an estimated Rs. 12,000-13,500 crore
  • The realty firm may also sell 50 per cent stake in about 3-4 million of office projects under construction
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    NEW DELHI : Leading realty firm Prestige group is in advance discussion with global investment firm Blackstone to sell its various commercial assets for an estimated 12,000-13,500 crore as part of its strategy to clear debt and achieve future growth, sources said.

    The big-ticket deal is likely to be concluded during this quarter. 

    Bengaluru-based Prestige Estate proposes to sell around 8 million sq ft of completed office parks and nine operational malls comprising 4 million sq ft, sources said.

    The Prestige group may also sell 50 per cent stake in about 3-4 million of office projects under construction, they added.

    Another person famillar with the matter said the portfolio size is 16 million sq ft of office parks, nine malls and two hotels valued at around USD 1.6-1.8 billion.

    The term sheet has been signed between the two parties and deal is likely to be concluded in the current quarter.

    Prestige group top officials could not be contacted. Blackstone declined to comment.

    These assets are located in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad.

    Prestige Estates, which is a listed entity, will utilise the proceeds from this proposed transaction to clear its debt that currently stands at over 8,000 crore.

    It will also focus on the development of over 30 million sq ft of commercial portfolio for future growth of the company.

    US-based Blackstone has invested around USD 8 billion in Indian real estate. It has sponsored two REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) launched so far in India -- Embassy Office Parks REIT and Mindspace Business Park REIT).

    The big-ticket deal between the Prestige group and Blackstone, if concluded successfully, will be the largest ever in terms of valuation. 

    DLF had few years ago sold 33.33 per cent stake in its commercial portfolio to Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC for 9,000 crore. 

    Office segment is doing well in India despite overall slowdown in the real estate market. Leasing of office space across major cities touched record 47 million sq ft in 2019 calendar year.

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    Published: 10 Aug 2020, 05:24 PM IST
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