June 22, 2009
After 30 years of civil war, Sri Lanka opens a gate for investors. The first Private Equity fund focused on Sri Lanka is launched by Calamander Group from Singapore. Calamander is raising funds from Asian investors, especially investors from India.
The island of Sri Lanka is seen as an economic market belonging to India. Calamander bases its strategy on the belief that Indian investors will see the great potential of Sri Lanka. Asian and Indian investors will make their investments in the PE fund in the following 18 months. The fund is expecting a return of approximately 35%.
The fund will focus on investing in the rubber, ceramics, coconut, tea, timber and bank industries. The fund will not invest in industries like tourism, tea plantation and textile. Calamander Group targets in Sri Lanka investments worth $40 million. These investments are in the banking, rubber, tea and coconut industries.
Although this is the first PE fund for Sri Lanka, Indian investors have also invested before in the island. Earlier this month, the Government approved an investment of $25 million for a four-star hotel and a convention centre.
Calamander Group is a private equity firm from Singapore specialised in niche opportunities with businesses in real assets like properties, banks, ceramics, rubber, tea, wine, coconut etc. The group is focused on the growing Asian markets. Calamander Group bases its operating philosophy on a hands-on approach that requires deep local knowledge. The group has offices in Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.