The real estate development arm of Tata Group is looking to expand the size of its commercial portfolio to over 20 million sq ft from current ready and fully leased 6.2 million sq. ft. through new developments and acquisitions.
“Our existing land bank has potential of 20 million sq ft commercial property development in the next 3-4 years and we have additionally signed 3 term sheets that would give us 20 million sq ft more space,” Sanjay Dutt, MD & CEO, Tata Realty & Infrastructure, told ET.
Apart from office spaces, the portfolio to be listed as a REIT may also include some data center assets.
The company is already receiving proposals from developers looking to monetise their portfolios given the cash crunch in the sector.
In the last two months alone, Dutt’s team has looked at four such proposals including single assets and carved-out portfolios across key geographies in the country.
“So, we are targeting a 45- 50 million sq. ft. in commercial portfolio in over 7 years. However, as we are developing several built- to-suit projects for clients, the pace would stand accelerated,” he said.
The company has managed to achieve nearly 15% rental growth in the financial year ended March through its existing 6.2 million sq ft ready and leased commercial portfolio and expects a similar growth number this year as well despite the pandemic.
According to Dutt, the first quarter ended June saw an 8% upside in rentals and is expected to be 11% on an average by the end of the year.
“Financing of this future growth has been taken care of as the holding company Tata Sons has ensured equity infusion into Tata Realty. Apart from active and potential investors, sale of malls, monetisation of assets and inventories will ensure enough capital infusion for the same,” he said.
The company has sold around Rs 2,000 crore worth of residential inventory in the last two years.
TRIL has a healthy pipeline of office projects that are coming up and will be branded as Intellion.
The ongoing 1-million-sq-ft development in Gurgaon is expected to be ready by November along with an additional 1 million sq ft in the city to be ready by next year.
It also has a 47-acre plot in Navi Mumbai, where 0.5 million sq ft of development is expected to commence soon and the company is also in advanced stage of signing a pre-lease pact for a 0.8-million-sq-ft built-to-suit campus for a global entity.
According to Dutt, apart from land parcels and greenfield projects, some companies are even offering projects that have already received sanctions and approvals.
“It would be possible to take up these projects at a slightly lower cost because nobody would expect rents to go up sharply, except where the agreement is already in place,” he said.