Bahrain: The white paper reveals that the rapid growth of K-12 private schools and the increasing focus on creating a scalable asset-light business offer significant growth potential for investors. It says India’s education sector has seen double-digit growth in recent years, building on long-term growth drivers like favorable demographics and recession-proof spending. It highlights how the private K-12 sub-segment, which accounts for approximately 50% of India’s growing education industry by revenue, is responding to this long-term growth opportunity. focusing on operations, quality and brand building. Private K-12 operators are also embracing technology and becoming inactive, resulting in greater capital efficiency.
Ritesh Vohra, Partner and Head of Real Estate, Investcorp India, said, “The K-12 private education sub-segment has seen growing interest from institutional investors and has seen deals of more than US$700 million from 2016 to date, involving investments across the entire business sector and/or physical infrastructure The Edu-Infra sector offers a significant opportunity to build a diverse portfolio of assets physical education facilities and lease them on a long-term basis to reputable and established school operators, while providing school operators with the capital they need to expand.We believe that investments in the Edu-Infra sector can generate a stable and steady return for investors over a period of 20 to 25 years, as well as attractive capital appreciation.”
The white paper notes that education spending in India is generally non-discretionary in nature, with no cuts even during economic downturns. Spending as a percentage of overall consumer spending is generally higher compared to more advanced economies and comparable emerging economies.
The white paper concludes that the Edu-Infra sector offers an exciting opportunity to participate in India’s growth story while mitigating risks. Investors should approach this segment bearing in mind the key risks, including with respect to the operator profile, the maturity of the school’s operations and the terms of the underlying lease agreement.
Investcorp’s real estate team in India invests in diversified real estate projects located in leading cities. So far, the company has deployed over US$250 million across 26 residential projects and has also partnered with a market-leading warehouse developer-operator.
Investcorp is also active in the middle-market private equity sector in India and has invested in the consumer technology, healthcare, financial services, retail, SaaS, e-commerce and IT sectors. technology. His investments over the past four years include Intergrow Brands, Bewakoof.com, Freshtohome, Zolo, InCred, Citykart, ASG, NephroPlus, Unilog, XpressBees and Safari Industries.
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