Nalanda Capital invests 35 mn dollars in Vaibhav Gems

November 14th, 2007 - 8:09 am ICT by admin  
“We at Vaibhav are very pleased to have Nalanda Capital on our board,” said Sunil Agrawal, Chairman of Vaibhav Gems Ltd. (VGL).

“We look forward to their insights and expertise to take Vaibhav to the next level,” he added.

The total transaction size, if warrants are exercised, will be about 35 million dollars.

Nalanda Capital Pte. Ltd. is a Singapore-based private equity investment firm. The firm’s India fund closed at 400 million dollars in late May 2007.

Nalanda Capital Founder and Manager Pulak Prasad will represent the firm on the VGL Board. Prasad was previously Managing Director in India for the global private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

VGL has expanded over the past several years to include jewellery shopping channels in the U.K., Germany and the U.S., 19 retail stores in Caribbean and Mexico, its own manufacturing units in India, Thailand and China and a wholesale operation.

In 2005, VGL acquired New York-based STS Jewels and its subsidiaries, which have continued to expand products and territories.

“The Team at Nalanda Capital feels that VGL’s business model and recent expansions show promise for long-term growth and a wise investment for its fund as the company is well diversified and vertically integrated,” said Agrawal.

The team at Nalanda Capital has had a long and successful track record of private equity investing in India.

Given the peculiar nature of the Indian private equity industry, the Nalanda team believes that the right long-term investing model for India is to apply the private equity discipline in the public markets.

The team has successfully applied this discipline in their professional careers before Nalanda. (ANI)

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