Realty firm Amrapali Group is in the process of raising about Rs 220 crore from private equity (PE) firms to fund the construction of two of its large residential projects in Noida. The Noida-based developer is raising Rs 100 crore from IL&FS Investment Managers Ltd for its 20-acre Princely Estate mid-segment apartment project. From JPMorgan Chase & Co, it is raising about Rs 120 crore for its 60-acre Silicon Valley project.
JPMorgan had invested Rs 75 crore in the firm’s Zodiac project in Noida in 2010, reports Mint. “Bank lending is a little difficult and time-consuming if you want a higher sum of capital, and then we have to look at alternative sources such as PE funds,” said Anil Sharma, chairman and managing director, Amrapali Group. “A single bank won’t lend a large sum and arranging a consortium of banks takes time.”
Sharma said Amrapali is raising money primarily to complete the two Noida projects in time; the projects are due for delivery to buyers in 2013. “If you want to target completion on time, particularly for large projects, you need strong financial backing,” he said.