TPG’s Shriram Capital Stake Sale Stalls on Valuations
(Bloomberg) -- TPG Capital has paused a sale of its stake in privately-held Indian financier Shriram Capital Ltd. as the country’s lingering shadow banking crisis hurts valuations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The private equity’s plan to sell its 10% stake has been held back, and will likely resume only as soon as the next financial year starting in April, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private.
In August, five foreign investors, including Blackstone Group Inc and Carlyle Group LP, were shortlisted for talks to acquire a combined 30% stake in Shriram Capital from Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and TPG. The sellers were seeking a valuation of 80 billion rupees ($1.1 billion) for the stake, people familiar with the matter have said.
The halt came as debt concerns spread at Indian lenders including Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd. and a regional bank. Last week, the Reserve Bank of India had to reassure investors that the banking system is “safe” after depositors lined up to pull money from a small Mumbai-based bank.
Deliberations are ongoing, and TPG could restart a sale when appropriate, the people said. A Mumbai-based representative for TPG declined to comment.
A stake in Shriram Capital will give the buyer shares in publicly traded units, Shriram Transport Finance Co., and Shriram City Union Finance Ltd. Piramal Enterprises bought a 20% stake in the holding company in 2014, while TPG has been an investor in Shriram Capital with a 10% stake since 2011.
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