Private equity firm KKR is setting up a private infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) to house operating renewable energy assets it aims to acquire in India, said two people aware of the development, requesting anonymity.
InvITs manage income-generating infrastructure assets offering regular yield to investors and a liquid way to invest in infrastructure projects. They can be either publicly listed on stock exchanges or privately placed to a handful of investors.
“KKR has started work on setting up a private InvIT under which all the renewable assets they are acquiring will be added. The plan is to shift the already acquired assets into the InvIT and, once they have added a significant mass of assets, they will monetize it by selling units of the InvIT to long-term investors, such as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and insurance companies. Investment bank Axis Capital is advising KKR on the structuring of the InvIT,” said one of the two people mentioned above.
KKR did not comment on Mint’s queries.
This will be the second InvIT backed by KKR in India. In 2019, KKR, along with Singapore’s GIC, had invested ₹2,000 crore in India Grid Trust, a listed InvIT that houses power transmission line projects. KKR and GIC hold a 60% stake in the InvIT. KKR is also designated as the sponsor of the InvIT.
While IndiGrid or India Grid Trust started out with only transmission assets, after KKR’s entry, the InvIT has diversified into renewable energy focused on solar assets.