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India to foreign CEOs: ‘We’re waiting for you’ – Businessweek

India’s finance minister is urging foreign investors to help plug enormous gaps in the country’s infrastructure blamed for holding back growth.

“We are waiting for you,” Arun Jaitley told a roomful of international and Indian CEOs attending the India Economic Summit, one of the World Economic Forum’s satellite summits held around the globe.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has enchanted Indians with his vision of a country crisscrossed by modern roads, high-speed trains, dozens of high-tech smart cities and universal Internet cables.

To get there, India has a long way to go.

The country is beleaguered by a patchy network of pot-holed roads, lumbering railway service and a lack of warehouses that leads to some 40 percent of the country’s produce and grains going to rot.

The country loses about a quarter of the electricity it generates through a leaky, inefficient grid. And hundreds of millions still have no proper home or access to sanitation facilities.

Economists estimate India needs a staggering $1 trillion in infrastructure investment alone. That’s more than half India’s entire gross domestic product for 2013 of $1.87 trillion.

“Infrastructure, let me tell you, we welcome large investment participation, even international participation,” Jaitley said. He said legislative reforms to open industries such as real estate, railways services and even defense would be easy to sell in a country sometimes wary of big change.

Modi, under pressure since taking office in May to boost the economy, has visited countries including Japan, the United States and Australia with the goal of building business ties. He also hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in September and plans to host Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in December.

via India to foreign CEOs: ‘We’re waiting for you’ – Businessweek.


India Gets Record Port Investment After Tariff Is Deregulated – Businessweek

India has secured a record 207 billion rupees ($3.4 billion) of investment in port projects after it deregulated tariffs.

The nation has awarded bids for thirty ports in the year ending March 31, Shipping Secretary Vishwapati Trivedi said in an interview. The value is more than three times greater than projects awarded in fiscal 2013, he said. The projects will add 217.6 million metric tons of annual cargo-handling capacity, according to the Ministry of Shipping.

The bids will ease congestion at Indian ports where the average turnaround time for ships was about three days in 2013, compared with about one day in Singapore and Shanghai, according to a report by Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers Ltd. They will also help India meet a 2020 target of more than doubling its port capacity to 3,200 million metric tons at an investment of 2.87 trillion rupees.

via India Gets Record Port Investment After Tariff Is Deregulated – Businessweek.

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Rail budget: Mallikarjun Kharge likely to announce more trains, new lines – The Times of India

Faced with a revenue shortfall, railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge will not bring about reduction in basic passenger fares in the interim budget on Wednesday but is likely to make adjustment in fuel adjustment component so that impact on fares is minimum in an election year.

Kharge is likely to announce more trains, new lines and better passenger amenities in the interim budget.

Railway ministry sources said it will be a growth-oriented budget and not a deficit one despite fall in earnings.

via Rail budget: Mallikarjun Kharge likely to announce more trains, new lines – The Times of India.

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* Asian Buyers Snap Up Half of New London Homes

WSJ: “If you’ve just moved into a newly built apartment in central London, don’t be perplexed if your neighbors speak mostly Chinese.

Market-cooling measures in Asia have helped fuel interest in London’s real estate market—long a popular destination for property buyers on the prowl, says property consultancy Knight Frank. Last year, overseas buyers spent $3.5 billion on apartments undergoing construction in central London, up 22% from the year earlier.

Together, buyers from Singapore and Hong Kong snapped up nearly 40% of all such apartments in central London. Adding in buyers from Malaysia and mainland China, Asian buyers accounted for roughly half of all purchases. By comparison, U.K. buyers made up just 27% of all purchases of apartments under construction, according to Knight Frank’s latest figures. Such figures were generally consistent with those seen in 2011.

Among overseas buyers, more than two-thirds bought for investment purposes, says Knight Frank, while another third said they were motivated to buy for a child enrolled at a local university.”

via Asian Buyers Snap Up Half of New London Homes – China Real Time Report – WSJ.


* Suzuki to Start Building Gujarat Plant Early 2013

Good news for India.

WSJ: “The local unit of Suzuki Motor Corp.  expects to start building its third factory in India early next year to meet potential growth in demand for its vehicles in the local market and overseas.

R.C. Bhargava, chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.,  said Friday that car sales in India will likely grow in single digits this financial year and the next due to the current slowdown in Asia’s third-biggest economy, as well as uncertainty over the pricing of diesel fuel and gasoline.

The Gujarat plant will be Maruti’s first outside the northern state of Haryana, where a July 18 riot by about 3,000 workers at its Manesar factory resulted in the death of a senior manager, injured more than 100 people and forced the company to suspend production.

The violence was the worst since the company began producing cars in 1983.

But Maruti executives say the plan to build the new plant in Gujarat isn’t linked to the labor unrest in Manesar.

Gujarat has a long coastline, and the new plant will enable the company to save on logistics costs in shipping its cars overseas, especially to Europe. Maruti exports its cars to more than 125 countries.

“The Gujarat project is going along online. We hope that in the early part of next year, we should at least get the groundbreaking done in Gujarat,” Mr. Bhargava told reporters.

Maruti has acquired 700 acres for the third plant from the Gujarat government. It will initially have an annual capacity of 250,000 cars a year when it opens in the financial year starting April 1, 2015. The capacity could be increased to 2.0 million vehicles a year, Maruti has previously said.

The company is investing a total of 40 billion rupees ($740 million) in Gujarat.”

via Suzuki to Start Building Gujarat Plant Early 2013 –


* China’s Wanxiang wins auction for U.S. government-backed A123

Chinese firms continue to acquire foreign firms’ expertise and assets.

Reuters: “China’s largest maker of auto parts won a politically sensitive auction for A123 Systems Inc (AONEQ.PK), a bankrupt maker of batteries for electric cars that was funded partly with U.S. government money, A123’s investment banker said on Saturday.

Battery maker A123 Systems Inc. has struggled for years.

Timothy Pohl of Lazard Freres said Wanxiang Group Corp’s bid of about $260 million topped a joint bid from Johnson Controls Inc (JCI.N) of Milwaukee and Japan’s NEC Corp (6701.T) for the maker of lithium-ion batteries.

Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE) of Germany had also qualified to bid, according to two people familiar with the auction, who asked not to be identified. The auction began on Thursday.

Chinese companies have launched $51.3 billion worth of outbound deals this year, making it Asia’s second-biggest spender on overseas acquisitions behind Japan, according to Thomson Reuters data.

While state-owned oil giants continue to dominate outbound deals, recently Chinese companies have targeted deals aimed at securing technology know-how. That shift is supported by China’s five-year development plan that puts emphasis on industries such as high-end manufacturing equipment.

Earlier this year, Shandong Heavy Industry Group agreed to buy a quarter stake in Germany’s Kion Group KIONG.UL, giving China access to industrial technology from the world’s number two fork lift truck maker.

Before that, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group agreed to buy a majority stake in privately held German machinery manufacturer Schwing, while Sany Heavy Industry (600031.SS) bought rival Putzmeister in a 360 million euro ($472 million) deal.

Wanxiang, one of the largest non-government-owned companies in China, has annual revenue of more than $13 billion and supplies auto parts to many of China’s largest automakers.”

via China’s Wanxiang wins auction for U.S. government-backed A123 | Reuters.

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* For Beijing, expansion is not a big deal, it’s lots of them

The Times: “China’s slowing economy has failed to dent its global ambitions, with an increasingly hungry dragon scouring the globe for higher-value corporate deals, according to new research.

It made 177 outbound acquisitions worth a combined $63.1 billion last year, five times more than in 2005, the study by Mergermarket and Squire Sanders, the law firm, found. Deals are also growing in value, with the planned $15.1 billion takeover of Nexen, the Canadian oil sands explorer, by the state-owned CNOOC set to be China’s biggest-ever foreign acquisition, if it goes ahead.

Next month China will release its third-quarter GDP data, with some economists suggesting that growth could fall below the 7.6 per cent it brushed in the second quarter, despite assurances from Beijing that the economy would stabilise in the second half.

Natural resources and energy, the sectors most critical to China’s future growth, continue to dominate purchases, accounting for almost one in three M&A targets between 2011 and the year to date. Almost all these buyers are state-owned companies making investments at the behest of the Government.

Mao Tong, a Hong Kong-based partner at Squire Sanders, said: “We are seeing companies becoming more interested in making a strategic play, rather than just adding to their portfolio. These are big deals designed to position them in a global context.

“Even if the Chinese economy slows sharply, I think this will continue for a while. China is still the world’s most important manufacturing base, using huge amounts of iron ore, for example.”

China is eager to deploy its $3 trillion of foreign exchange reserves, mainly held in dollars, to counter the gradual depreciation of the currency and put its national wealth to good use. Yet the number of private sector deals is also expected to increase as the Government encourages state-owned banks to step up lending to the corporate sector.Britain is the favoured destination for Chinese dealmaking in Western Europe, accounting for a third of deals and two thirds of all outbound investment to the region, thanks to its reputation for transparency and a large number of Russian and Central Asian resources companies, Mr Mao suggested.

China has shown an increasing taste for European luxury brands, such as Shandong Heavy Industry’s buyout of the Italian yacht group Ferretti this year. Recent British brands going East include Weetabix, bought by the Shanghai dairy group Bright Food, and the $7.8 billion buyout of Northumbrian Water by Cheung Kong Infrastructure, a Hong Kong group chaired by Li Ka-shing.

The Dragon Index, a quarterly measure of China’s overseas direct investment by the private equity firm A Capital, which was released last week, hit an historic high in the second quarter, with ODI said to grow by 67 per cent between April and June on the previous quarter, to $24 billion.

André Loesekrug-Pietri, founder of A Capital, said: “State-owned enterprises remain the dominant force behind China’s ODI, with 90 per cent of the total deal value in the second quarter 2012.”

European companies accounted for 95 per cent of all non-resources deals in the quarter, the figures suggested. China’s share of US deals has slowed this year, owing to the sensitive political climate before the presidential election.”

via For Beijing, expansion is not a big deal, it’s lots of them | The Times.

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* Shandong Heavy seeks stake in Germany’s Kion

China Daily: “Shandong Heavy Industry Group Co Ltd, the Chinese construction machinery producer, is seeking a 25 percent stake in German fork-lift manufacturer Kion Group GmbH, according to a report in German newspaper Handelsblatt, citing sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

Wiesbaden-based Kion belonged to industry group Linde AG until 2006 and now is owned by finance houses Goldman Sachs Group Inc and KKR & Co LP.

With an expected price of around 700 million euro ($879m), the transaction would be the biggest investment yet by a Chinese company in Germany, Handelsblatt said.”

via Shandong Heavy seeks stake in Germany’s Kion |Companies |

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* China starts construction on 5.8 mln low-income housing units

Xinhua: “China started building 5.8 million low-income housing units in the first seven months of this year, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said Friday.

Construction on 3.6 million affordable homes has been basically completed in the period, the ministry said in a brief statement on its website.

The government vowed to start construction on more than 7 million low-income housing units this year, part of its five-year plan to build 36 million such units by 2015.

The government has stepped up its efforts in the construction of affordable housing in recent years, aiming to cool the country’s runaway property prices.”

via China starts construction on 5.8 mln low-income housing units – Xinhua |


* ONGC to Continue Exploration in South China Sea

WSJ: “India’s state-run Oil & Natural Gas Corp. will continue to explore for oil and gas offshore Vietnam in the South China Sea, ignoring objections from China.

ONGC Videsh Ltd., the overseas investment arm of ONGC, has accepted Vietnam’s proposal to stay invested in Block 128 as Hanoi has offered additional data that can help to make future exploration economically feasible and discovering hydrocarbons commercially viable, a senior executive with the company said Thursday.”

via ONGC to Continue Exploration in South China Sea –

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