KKR acquires seven highway assets in India from Global Infrastructure Partners
Mumbai, July 5, 2021
Leading global investment firm KKR today said it had signed definitive agreements under which it would acquire Global Infrastructure Partners’ (GIP) entire interest in Highway Concessions One (HC1) and seven highway assets in India with a total length of 487 kilometers.
HC1 is a platform in India that manages GIP’s road portfolio which spans across seven states -- Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.
A press release from KKR said that, through the acquisition of GIP’s interest in HC1, the company aims to help strengthen and expand India’s national highway network, which serves about 40% of total traffic but accounts for only 2% of the country’s road network.
"This latest infrastructure investment is also in line with the government’s focus on improving connectivity between cities, with the National Highways Authority of India planning to build 60,000 kilometers of highway in the next five years," the release said.
Hardik Shah, Managing Director and Head of India Infrastructure at KKR, said, “Roads are one of the largest and most crucial infrastructure assets in India, where the world’s second-largest road network is located. Rapidly increasing passenger and commercial vehicle traffic has driven the strong demand to expand the country’s road network even further and the reciprocal need for investment in the sector. This is why the transportation sector is a key area of our infrastructure strategy in India. We are truly excited to invest in a high-quality platform and through HC1 play a part in India’s transport infrastructure.”
According to the release, KKR made its investment from the KKR Asia Pacific Infrastructure Fund. The investment represents KKR’s third investment in India from the fund and the firm’s first investment in Asia’s transport sector.
Recent infrastructure investments in India include India Grid Trust (IndiGrid), a leading infrastructure investment trust in India, and Virescent Infrastructure, a renewable energy company in India.
Additional details of the transaction were not disclosed.
EY and Deloitte acted as KKR’s advisers while AZB & Partners and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett acted as legal advisers to KKR.