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Institutional investments in real estate rise 27% YoY at USD4.6Bn during Jan-Sep 2023; domestic investments up 1.7X

Foreign investments saw a 47% YoY rise, while domestic investments surged 70% YoY

  • Office sector continued to dominate at 63% share in total inflows
  • Industrial & warehousing and residential sector witnessed a 3.5X and 2.6X YoY rise, respectively

Gurgaon, 07 October 2023: Institutional investments in Indian real estate touched USD4.6 bn during January-September 2023, a 27% YoY increase, highlighting the resilience and attractiveness of the market despite prevailing global challenges. It is worth noting that institutional investment inflows for 2023 have already reached 93% of the total inflows recorded in 2022, despite a clouded  global economic environment. While foreign investments continued to lead with 77% share in total investments, domestic investments remained strong and witnessed a two-fold rise YoY at USD1.1Bn. Interestingly, domestic investments  led  investment activity in Q3 2023, forming  63% of the total investments, abutting  the overall investment volume at USD0.8Bn for the quarter. While office assets saw  moderation in inflows during the quarter, residential and industrial & warehousing segments witnessed a rebound accounting for about 78% of the total investment volume. India’s sturdy economic growth, and a continued strong positive play of high-performance economic & market indicators are keeping the long-term confidence high amongst global & domestic investors.

Top 5 PE investment deals in YTD 2023 –

Quarter Year Investor Investee Deal Value (USD Million) City Asset Class
Q2 2023 Brookfield India Real Estate Investments Trust and GIC 1400.0 Others/ Multi City Office
Q2 2023 CPPIB RMZ Corp 324.2 Mumbai office
Q1 2023 Singapore-based fund Pragati Group 200.0 Delhi NCR Industrial & Logistics
Q3 2023 HDFC Capital Advisors The house of Abhinandan Lodha 182.0 Others/ Multi City Residential
Q1 2023 PAG Credit & Markets M3M 180.9 Delhi NCR Residential

Source: Colliers

 Top 3 PE investment deals in Q3 2023


Quarter Year Investor Investee Deal Value (USD Million) City Asset Class
Q3 2023 HDFC Capital Advisors The house of Abhinandan Lodha 182.0 Others/ Multi City Residential
Q3 2023 Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) UK-based property major Grosvenor’s Diversified Property Investments business Indospace 150.0 Others/ Multi City Industrial & Logistics
Q3 2023 Kotak Alternate Asset Managers (Kotakalt) Sify Technologies 72.2 Others/ Multi City Alternatives

Source: Colliers

Office sector continues to lead; Residential and Industrial and warehousing see traction

Investment inflows in the office sector rose 1.6X YoY during Jan-September 2023, at USD2.9 billion, led by select large deals in the sector. This robust performance underscores the sustained confidence of investors in the sector’s growth potential and returns. There is an increased investor interest towards completed and/or preleased income yielding office assets, reflecting a conscious & cautious shift in investor strategies. Investors are actively forming large Joint Venture (JV) platforms to capitalize on emerging opportunities and participate in existing as well as upcoming office projects. While investors remain commited to office asset class during 2023, industrial & warehousing and residential sectors also saw a significant rebound.

“At a time when major global economies are weighed down by inflation woes, rising cost of capital and growth uncertainty, India’s real estate market stands strong, by navigating through difficult market conditions. The resilience of the market can be gauged in terms of heightened deal activity and amount of capital allocated across diverse asset classes. During the first nine months ended September 2023, overall institutional investments stood strong at USD4.6Bn, a 27% YoY rise, steered by long-term confidence in the region and avenues for diversification. While some volatility and uncertainty will remain in the short-term, the industry is well positioned for a robust 2023 and beyond,” said Piyush Gupta, Managing Director, Capital Markets & Investment Services at Colliers India.

Investments inflows (USD mn) –

Asset Class Q3 2022 Q3 2023 Q3 2023 vs Q3 2022 (% Change) YTD 2022 YTD 2023 YTD 2023 vs YTD 2022 (% Change)
Office 694.3 79.1 -89% 1,802.8 2,886.9 60%
Residential 187.0 274.6 47% 276.5 707.9 156%
Alternate assets* 72.2 398.8 230.4 -42%
Industrial & Warehousing 20.0 340.3 1602% 199.8 690.6 246%
Mixed-use 100.8 27.2 -73% 408.8 42.3 -90%
Retail 491.8 -100%
Total 1,002.1 793.4 -21% 3,578.5 4,558.1 27%

*Note: Alternate assets include data centres, life sciences, senior housing, holiday homes, student housing etc

YTD refers to the Jan-Sep period of the year

Source: Colliers

City-wise investment inflows in Indian real estate (USD million)

City YTD 2022 YTD 2023 YoY for YTD 2023 Investment Share % YTD 2023
Bengaluru 374.3 241.8 -35% 5%
Chennai 344.5 132.3 -62% 3%
Delhi NCR 754.2 492.0 -35% 11%
Hyderabad 127.3 3%
Kolkata 0%
Mumbai 477.3 585.8 23% 13%
Pune 9.4 -100% 0%
Others/ Multi-City 1,618.8 2,978.9 84% 65%
Total 3,578.5 4,558.1 27% 100%

Source: Colliers

Domestic investors gain further ground with 1.7X rise in inflows during Jan-September 2023

Domestic investors have become more active in the market, contributing 23% of the total investments during this period, compared to an 18% share in the same period in 2022, infusing majority of the funds into residential sector. Nonetheless, foreign investments maintained their lead during Jan-Sep 2023, accounting for a 77% share of total investments with USD3.5 billion inflows. This was a 47% YoY surge compared to same period last year.

“The Indian real estate sector continues to demonstrate its allure as a resilient and promising investment destination, with both domestic and international investors showing relentless commitment to participate in its high growth phase. Investment inflows by domestic investors are specifically on the rise and have seen about 70% YoY rise during Jan-Sep 2023. About half of the total investments by domestic investors was directed towards residential assets during the period. This renewed interest in residential assets backed by stable interest rates is expected to drive heightened activity during the upcoming festive season; resonating upbeat confidence amongst investors, developers & homebuyers alike.” said Vimal Nadar, Senior Director and Head of Research, Colliers India.

Investments in industrial & warehousing sector witnessed 3.5X rise YoY

Investment inflows into industrial assets have surged by a stirring 3.5 times, at USD690.6 million during Jan-September 2023. This remarkable growth can be attributed to the sustained expansion of the industrial sector, which has thrived on the surging consumption levels. India’s bolstering manufacturing sector has been a prominent driver of this growth, advancing at an impressive pace owing to robust demand and increased industrial output. Key indicators such as Index of Industrial production (IIP) in India increased 5.7% year-on year in July 2023 while India’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose 4% YoY at 57.5 in September 2023, signalling strong demand conditions and enhanced business sentiments within the manufacturing sector. Upturn in domestic consumption trends, rising demand from 3PL players indicate an attractive investment scenario in the foreseeable future.