Welspun One Logistics Park has launched its first alternative investment fund (AIF). It is a pan-India integrated fund and asset management platform. The company is backed by $2.7 billion Welspun Group.
It is reported that the fund will mark the first of its kind in India. Essentially, it is a warehousing fund, with a tenure of four years and a rate of 15 percent. The group will be committed to the fund, which is a SEBI-registered Category II alternative investment fund. It will provide domestic institutions, family offices and NRIs a sizable opportunity to invest in the country’s warehousing and industrial real estate.
Anshul Singhal, Managing Director, Welspun One Logistics Parks, told the media, “Our business model of an integrated fund, development and asset management platform ensures that there is control over the entire lifecycle of the investment including land acquisition, leasing, development and divestment. Welspun One’s investment strategy is focused around identifying tenant requirements and constructing built-to-suit warehouses to de-risk the investment. The team has spent the last 12 months creating a strong deal pipeline, with visibility on the deployment of a significant portion of the fund corpus.”
It is reported that one of the sectors that show resilience is warehousing, which is poised for growth, despite the coronavirus pandemic. It has received significant interest from blue-chip investors in India and globally, media reports said. Investors can reap good returns through alternative investment fund, by ‘owning units of fund instead of an asset’, Singhal said.