Realty investments in alternate assets zoom past; 2022 Investment inflows in Indian realty up 20% YoY to USD4.9 bn: Colliers

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India, 10th January 2023: Institutional investments in Indian real estate’s alternate asset classes touched a new high in 2022 at USD0.9 billion, accounting for 18% of the inflows during the year. Investments into alternate assets, which saw a hike of 92% YoY in investments during 2022, has jumped more than 4-fold since 2019. Inflows have seen a sharp jump in 2022 as investors pumped in money into some of India’s emerging sectors like data centers, life sciences, etc. The growth of alternate sectors is led by investors looking to diversify their portfolio, given steady returns in some traditional asset classes.

Data centers accounted for about 52% of the investments in alternate assets, followed by others such as life sciences, holiday homes, hospitals, etc. However, the traction in investments was seen largely in data centers, with the other segments witnessing scattered deals.

Investments in alternate assets –

Year Investment Inflows in alternate asset classes (in USD mn)
2018 20
2019 196
2020 359
2021 453
2022 867

While inflows in alternate assets peaked, inflows into the office sector continued its dominant streak in 2022 as well, accounting for 41% share in total inflows. Inflows into the sector rose 50% YoY led by some large deals. As investors eye building a portfolio that they can bundle up as REITs, they continue to see resilience in greenfield and ready-to-move assets. Majority of the deals in the office sector were driven by global investors, who are looking at income-yielding assets.

Investments inflows –

Asset Class Investments 2021 (in USD mn) Investments 2022 (in USD mn) % Change
Office 1,318 1,978 50%
Retail 77 492 537%
Alternate assets* 453 867 92%
Mixed use 182 464 154%
Industrial & Warehousing 1,130 422 -63%
Residential 919 656 -29%
Total 4,079 4,878 20%

“The investments in Indian real estate have been consistent for the past few years and hence have the potential to grow due to the structural change in demand for capital. Apart from the income-yielding assets, there is a strong performance in the residential, retail, and hospitality sectors, where 2022 witnessed some large transactions and is likely to see more traction in the next couple of years. Performance credit, special situations, portfolio acquisitions, asset reconstruction, and related structures have been growing and are likely to attract more investments. During 2023, while we may see some postponement in deployment, there is ample dry powder in the market across core assets and alternate assets,” said Piyush Gupta, Managing Director, Capital Markets and Investment Services, Colliers India.

2022 investment inflows in Indian realty up 20% YoY

Overall investments in Indian realty touched USD4.9 bn during 2022, registering a hike of 20% YoY. Institutional investors remain enthused by the potential of the Indian realty market, albeit in a cautious environment. This comes at a time when investors are staring at high interest rates, coupled with high inflation, apart from recessionary concerns and geopolitical tensions in some countries which may dampen fund deployment on a short-term basis.

Investment Inflows in India –

Year Investment Inflows across all asset classes in India (in USD mn)
2018 5,757
2019 6,312
2020 4,833
2021 4,079
2022 4,878

Global investors are attracted to the stable demand dynamics across asset classes, and opportunities to invest in operating and developing assets in the market. While global investors continue to dominate the funding activities with higher participation in entity-led deals, domestic investors have also become more active in the market.

“The share of domestic investment inflows in 2022 has surpassed the share in 2021, accounting for 22% share in total inflows. Residential assets continue to account for a chunk of the domestic investments. Overall, though the total investment inflows are yet to outrun the pre-pandemic levels, investors remain vested in India’s real estate even in challenging times. Large global investors will continue to partner with domestic firms to set up investment platforms,” Vimal Nadar, Senior Director and Head of Research, Colliers India.