Demand for private credit booms in 2023 as funding winter deepens
- 2023 is on track to be the most successful year for
Indian private creditinvestments. In the first half of the year, approximately $ 5.1 billion was invested across 63 deals.
- With India's projected growth to a $ 7.5 trillion economy over the next decade, the opportunity for private credit managers is $100 billion.
- With increasing investor interest and supportive regulations, Private Credit is expected to play a major role in driving the next phase of India's growth story.
Risk capital has evaporated during 2023 as interest rates spiked in the developed world. While it became very hard to raise equity capital, private credit became available to those who could not raise money from existing lenders. A detailed report by Praxis Global Alliance and IVCA reveals that 2023 is on track to be the most successful year for Indian private credit investments to date. In the first half of the year, approximately $5.1 billion was invested across 63 deals, marking a significant milestone in the trajectory of Indian private credit. This highlights the crucial role that private credit plays in meeting the
Despite worsening global macro conditions, India has shown resilience and emerged as one of the most promising markets for investors. Private credit investments in India have experienced rapid growth, with $5.1 billion deployed in the first half of 2023, and an average deal size of $ 80 million. This growth can be attributed to several factors.
Interest in India's Private Credit is rising among both domestic and foreign limited partners. This is driven by the reduced attractiveness of debt mutual funds after the removal of tax advantages, the emerging market growth story, the ability to generate attractive returns, and the introduction of creditor-friendly regulations.
Venkat Ramaswamy, Vice Chairman of Edelweiss Financial Services, sees private credit in India as a large structural opportunity. With India's projected growth to a $7.5 trillion economy over the next decade, Ramaswamy believes there is a $100 billion opportunity for private credit managers. He emphasizes the importance of a local presence and understanding of the Indian market dynamics, legal framework, and regulatory landscape for success in this space.
Overall, the report highlights the significant growth and potential of India's Private Credit market. With increasing investor interest and supportive regulations, Private Credit is expected to play a major role in driving the next phase of India's growth story. There are several reasons why private credit will continue to be in demand in India.
For starters, regulatory restrictions on bank lending have created a need for alternative financing options. Banks are limited in their ability to lend for certain activities, creating an opportunity for Private Credit investors to step in. Additionally, while banks and non-banking finance companies require assets as collateral for lending, Private Credit investors can offer revenue-based financing. This provides companies with the option to raise patient capital without diluting equity for the promoters. Private Credit lenders also provide flexible and customized solutions, such as delayed amortization and bullet repayments, catering to the specific needs of mid-cap companies struggling to access credit lines with banks or bond markets due to low credit ratings.
The report, titled "Unlocking Opportunities: India's Private Credit Landscape," further highlights the robust growth of India's Private Credit investment ecosystem, which accounted for 16% of total alternative investments in the first half of 2023. Private Credit is crucial for companies in various situations, including regulatory restrictions on bank lending, the need for
To fully unlock the potential of Private Credit in India, the report suggests the involvement of regulators, general partners, limited partners, borrowers, and service providers. Regulators can support the industry by establishing secondary markets and expediting the approval process for Private Credit funds. General partners can educate limited partners about the Private Credit ecosystem, provide strategic inputs to portfolio companies, and enhance commercial due diligence approaches. Limited partners can co-invest to enhance returns, while knowledge providers can build capabilities for Private Credit deal support.
Madhur Singhal, Managing Partner and CEO of Praxis Global Alliance, predicts that Private Credit assets under management in India will reach $60-70 billion by 2028, four times the $15 billion recorded in 2022. Singhal also highlights the government's support for the Private Credit industry through investor-friendly regulations, indicating a positive outlook for the future.
Srini Sriniwasan, Managing Director of Kotak Alternates Asset Managers Limited, emphasizes the opportunity for Private Credit strategies in India, given the country's capital shortage in both equity and debt. He notes that domestic regulations are restrictive on banks and non-banking finance companies, creating an opportunity for Private Credit funds. However, the absence of leverage at the fund level for Private Credit funds adds an interesting interplay of risk and reward for investors.
Rajat Tandon, President of IVCA, acknowledges the pivotal moment for India's Private Credit landscape in 2023, attracting approximately $5.1 billion in 63 deals during the first half of the year. Tandon invites stakeholders to join the dialogue shaping India's thriving Private Credit ecosystem.
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