Tata Housing in talks for fund

Tata Housing is in initial talks with 2 PE funds, Sequoia Capital and Atlanta Equity, to raise funds for its multiple affordable housing projects, signaling that the PE players were willing to return to the real estate projects that offer good customer demand and less risk.

Sequoia and Atlanta have begun talks with the Mumbai-based realty firm to pick up minority stakes into its existing low-priced housing project in Boisar near Mumbai and three other affordable housing projects expected to be launched.

The two PE players want to pick up stake in Tata’s projects because they are low-risk projects with decent returns, the person close to the development said, adding that PE players could expect a return of 20-30% in these projects.

Sequoia Capital had marked around $1.8 billion out of its total ten billion dollars to India. If a deal with Tata Housing goes through, it could perhaps be its first in the real estate. Ditto for Atlanta Equity, an Atlanta-based $109-million fund founded in 2007.