Deal for Chennai SEZ between Shriram Properties and Xander
Shriram Properties and Xander Group signed a $350 million (~INR 2290 cr.) deal, creating one of the largest PE deals witnessed in the real estate space in India. With this deal, Xander acquires 100% interest in Shriram’s Gateway SEZ in Chennai for $190 million (~INR 1250 cr.), with a further commitment of $160 million (~INR 1040 cr.) towards expansion of the IT SEZ. The deal involves 1.7 million square feet of occupied and operational SEZ, and a partnership with Shriram Properties to deliver the under construction 1.9 million square feet.
Shriram Gateway, is a 58-acre integrated township project including office space, a shopping mall and residential apartments. Shriram will continue to develop and own the residential and retail components comprising 2.6 million square feet while Xander will have the ability to develop an additional 1 million square feet of office space.
Shriram Gateway is the first integrated township in Chennai comprising a large office campus with 4.6 million square feet of SEZ and IT office space. The campus currently provides employment for over 20,000 employees, which will grow to an estimated 50,000 employees by 2020. Accenture is currently the largest tenant.
This comes at the back of the recent announcement by Shriram Properties on their plans to invest Rs 15,000 crore over the next 7-8 years for the development of around 30 ongoing projects, across six major cities – Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Vizag, Coimbatore and Kolkata. Shriram Properties holds close to 2% of the FDI in India, the largest by a single developer. Their key investors include Walton Street, Starwood capital, TPG Capital, Tata Opportunities Fund, ASK, Motilal Oswal, Amplus and ICICI Prudential.