Welspun Promoters Acquire Majority Stake In Warehousing Firm
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Welspun Promoters Acquire Majority Stake In Warehousing Firm

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Welspun group promoters have acquired a majority stake in One Industrial Space, which is into development of warehousing space, in their personal capacities.

One Industrial Space, which was founded in July 2019 by Anshul Singhal, will be rebranded as ‘Welspun One Logistics Parks', a company statement said.

The deal value has not been disclosed.

Singhal will be the managing director of Welspun One.

"The promoters of the $2.7 billion Welspun Group have acquired a majority stake in One Industrial Spaces, an integrated fund, development and asset management organisation focused on the warehousing sector in India. The investment was made by the promoters in their personal capacity through a closely held family office investment vehicle," it said.

The Welspun Group has business interests in line pipes, home textiles, infrastructure, oil and gas, advanced textiles and floorings solutions.

"Welspun One will also be the exclusive development manager for a portfolio of ready land assets owned by the promoters in their personal capacity with an estimated value of $50 million and development potential of over 5 million square feet of Grade-A industrial or warehousing space," the statement said.

This includes around 3 million square feet project in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

"The warehousing sector presents an attractive investment proposition as it provides both development returns as well as stable long-term rental yields," Welspun Group Chairman BK Goenka said.

Indian consumers demand same-day delivery both online and offline, which has resulted in an increased strategic back-end storage requirement, he said.

"We have been looking to enter this space as warehousing demand is poised to grow aggressively," Goenka said.

Singhal said, "currently, a big challenge for existing players in this space is the land acquisition and approvals. As Welspun One, we are uniquely positioned to address these challenges. We can now leverage their deep understanding and experience in buying large land parcels and successfully executing millions of square feet of industrial and infrastructure projects pan India."

Welspun One will continue to build its core business of fund, development and asset management, which includes raising funds from domestic and foreign institutional investors to invest in the industrial asset class in India in an organised, transparent and institutional manner.

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