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Competition Comm approves Prestige Group-Blackstone deal

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NEW DELHI:

Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Tuesday said it has approved the acquisition of certain assets of Prestige Group by affiliates of Blackstone Group.

In November, Bengaluru-based Prestige had signed term sheets for selling a large portfolio of its retail and hotel properties for an enterprise value of about Rs 9,160 crore to Blackstone Group.

Prestige Group Agrees to Sell Certain Office, Retail Assets & 2 Hotels to Blackstone for Rs 12K Cr

The Commission said it has cleared “acquisition of certain assets of Prestige Group of companies by affiliates of Blackstone Group”.

The target entities are engaged in the business of real estate development in India and have a diversified portfolio of real estate development projects in key segments such as residential, commercial and hospitality across several cities in India, CCI said in a release.

So far, Blackstone has invested USD 10 billion in the Indian real estate. The market value of all Blackstone assets, including real estate, in India is around USD 50 billion, sources said.

After the CCI approval, the deal will be concluded this month, they added.

The country”s commercial real estate, especially office market, is attracting huge investment despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Beside the Prestige Group deal with Blackstone, the market has witnessed many big ticket deals.

On Monday, RMZ group completed sale of its large commercial portfolio to Brookfield for USD 2 billion, marking the country”s largest real estate deal.

Prestige Group Agrees to Sell Certain Office, Retail Assets & 2 Hotels to Blackstone for Rs 12K Cr

Among other deals, in November, Embassy Office Parks REIT announced acquisition of a large business park ‘Embassy TechVillage’ in Bengaluru from realty firm Embassy group, Blackstone and some other investors for Rs 9,782.4 crore.

Separately, the CCI has given its nod for the acquisition of shares of Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd (OPGC) by Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Limited (OHPC).

The proposed combination involves the acquisition of 49 per cent equity shares in OPGC from AES OPGC Holding and AES India, pursuant to the share sale and purchase agreement, as per another release.

OHPC is wholly-owned and controlled by the Odisha government. OPGC is a state-owned joint venture enterprise with the Odisha government holding 51 per cent stake. PTI

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