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US Based VC Fund To Heavily Invest in Indian Firms

US Based VC Fund To Heavily Invest in Indian Firms

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New Enterprise Associates Inc. (NEA), an US-based venture capital (VC) fund will allocate 15%, or $375 million, for investment in Indian firms, a senior company official said.

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Earlier, it had also raised $2.5 billion (Rs 11,425 crore) in its 13th fund to focus on the emerging markets.

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Firm’s senior managing director told to media person that they will be only doing growth equity deals in India.

Moreover, they may enter early in some sectors and do follow-on funding till they reach $50 million.

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Firm does have plans of investing funds in India over a period of four years, with a deal size of $30-80 million.

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Though, their main focus will be the mid-market segment, all the way.

The new fund will also restructure its alliances in India.

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NEA – IndoUS, started in 2006 by Vinod Dham, Vani Kola and Kumar Shiralagi, when NEA had no direct presence in India.

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It raised $189 million in 2007 and has invested in firms such as mobile phone marketer mGinger, movie rental service Seventymm Services Pvt. Ltd, and online gift service Myntra Designs Pvt. Ltd.

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The services sector and the clean technology space are among sectors the company will invest in.

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The NEA fund also marks a revival of venture fund-raising.

The global financial meltdown that followed the September 2008 collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. dramatically affected the VC environment.

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“Even funds with a good track record have found it difficult to raise money with many trying to raise funds since the past one year,” said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, equity head at Delhi-based investment bank SMC Capitals Ltd.

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“It is not good news for first-time fund managers.

However, for the ones who have managed to raise money and invest in 2009-2010 they will get fair valuations and can at least expect modest returns” he added.

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FII investment, this year, is the highest ever inflow in India

FDI inflow India Last year Touched 80 Thousand crores

The FII investment of Rs 80,500 crore in 2009 is the highest ever inflow in the country in rupee terms in a single year and comes a year after they pulled out over Rs 50,000 crore.

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FII inflow so far this year has broken the previous high of Rs 71,486 crore parked by foreign fund houses in domestic equities in 2007.

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Market analysts believe that the FII inflow in India may continue in the next year as well, if the liquidity conditions remain strong.

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As per Market experts, FIIs are expected to continue to be positive on domestic markets and in general Indian markets seems to fare well in 2010.

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Delhi-based SMC Capitals Ltd’s Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla has supported the view, saying,

“If liquidity conditions remain strong next year, one can expect FII inflow to remain strong into India even in 2010 as well.”

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The Bombay Stock Exchange’s benchmark sensex, comprising 30 bluechip stocks, has gained more than 70% so far in 2009, one of the best performers among leading global bourses.

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“However, if dollar-carrytrade-unwinding starts, then one can expect rush of FII outflow from the country, resulting in pressure on Indian markets,” he cautioned.

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Significantly, last year the FIIs had pulled out a net Rs 52,900 crore from the domestic bourses — a trend triggered with the collapse of global financial services icon Lehman Brothers in the middle of September 2008.

This selling trend continued till the first two months of the passing year.

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Lehman Blues?? Not Anymore ;) Market Scales New Heights ;)

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Shrugging off the deadly blow received at the time of Lehman Brothers’ collapse, stock markets in emerging countries, led by India, have moved significantly higher from the low levels witnessed a year ago.

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Analysts feel green shoots like recovery in economic growth and return of stability in the financial systems have led to a revival in confidence and risk appetites.

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Emergence of these green shots has brought confidence towards a full fledged recovery and return of the risk appetite, which is also reflected on the bourses which moved up significantly higher from their low levels.

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Experts seem to agree on the fact that Lehman is history and Indian markets are not under any pressure. They have recovered and are trading at good levels.

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The benchmark index Sensex, which is currently around 16,200 points, has gained nearly 20 per cent since September 15 last year, the day when Lehman filed for bankruptcy. The index had been at 13,531.27 points in the same day last year.

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Market analysts said the collapse of Lehman Brothers had been the ultimate blow for financial markets, which were already in deep bearish mood.

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“The closest victims were the capital markets of United States and that of Europe. The Indian markets also faced severe fall,” SMC Capitals Limited CEO and Equity Head Jagannadham Thunuguntla said.

However market analysts feels that India and China would play an important role in determining the global economic health in times to come.

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Analysts said that fortunately unlike other recessions which followed the bursting of asset bubbles, this time around apart from recapitalization of the financial system, the governments of the major economies of the world acted swiftly by slashing interest rates to unprecedented levels and providing fiscal stimuli.

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These measures have aided the return of stability to the financial system and economic activity.

The factors which have helped the Indian markets in recovery include re-election of the UPA government, enabling the political stability, and significant domestic demand.

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“These factors have brought back the interest of the FIIs into the Indian capital markets and enabled significant Foreign Institutional Investors inflows,” Thunuguntla added.

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