Avendus advises NestAway Technologies on INR 400 crore fund raise from Goldman Sachs, UC-RNT and others

1st March 2018 | Mumbai | Investment Banking

NestAway Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (“NestAway”), India’s largest home rental network has raised INR 400 Crores in series D financing from Goldman Sachs, a global investment bank and active investor in India, and UC-RNT Fund, a joint venture between Tata Son's chairman emeritus Mr. Ratan Tata's RNT Associates and the University of California. This round, which is a combination of primary & secondary investment, also saw participation from Adveq, existing investor IDG India and Tiger Global.

Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to this transaction.

Founded in 2015, NestAway is the market leader of “furnished shared rental,” a rental solution it pioneered that caters to individuals looking for affordable rental housing in the top 10 cities in India. The company, through the acquisition of Zenify in May 2017, has also recently entered the family rental solution business.

Under its business model, NestAway is a one-stop service provider for tenants and house owners where neither has to pay any brokerage fee. The company serves as a broker and property manager for home owners by helping to find tenants, collect rent and manage the property over its lifetime in exchange for a percentage share of the rental stream. With its technology enabled platform and sophisticated data analytics capability, NestAway today caters to over 35,000 tenants and 16,000 owners, including over 7,000 family owners in Bangalore, Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Noida, Mumbai and Pune.

Amarendra Sahu, Co-Founder & CEO, NestAway Technologies, said, “Our vision is to create accessible living using imagination and empathy & we have been humbled by the market acceptance of our shared as well as family rental solution. With this funding, we shall strive harder to impact not only where people live but also how they live and shall work on community housing and student housing in addition to our existing categories. We are glad that our new partners in this journey share our vision and passion to create unique living infrastructure in this country using design and technology."

Niladri Mukhopadhyay, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, said, “NestAway is at the forefront of using technology and a hands-on, customer-centric approach to solving complex housing market in India’s largest cities. We look forward to partnering with them to bring greater levels of convenience, transparency and service to both home-owners and homerenters throughout India.”

Commenting on the transaction, Neeraj Shrimali, Director at Avendus Capital, said “We believe NestAway has built a fundamentally strong business and continues to innovate, setting new benchmarks for this segment. Partnering with Goldman Sachs & UC-RNT will further strengthen NestAway’s leadership in the massive home rental space., This transaction is testament to the potential of this industry and the unique business that Amar and team have built, underlying the fact that players with differentiated propositions create superior customer and stakeholder value.”

Unlike western markets, managed lease service (popularly referred to as MLS) is absent in India, which causes challenges for owners, especially for non-resident Indians (NRIs) to remotely manage their rental properties. According to the latest Census, around a million homes remained locked as owners could not find an easy and seamless way to rent their homes. While listing sites, provide listings and lead generation services to owners, there is no organized service provider who also provides lead generation, closure and property management services. NestAway provides all three together under a single brand.

As part of its rental solution, NestAway offers structure and content insurance of up to Rs 1 crore to every owner which protects them against tenancy linked damages to the property. Nestaway also provides legal assistance to owners and tenants by adopting a standard rental contract and attention to disputes during the course of rental, a tailored service which is differentiated from what is available in developed markets. The company has recently introduced "One by NestAway," a community housing rental solution aimed at catering to a group of like-minded people wanting to stay together. From this academic year onwards, it also plans to foray into student housing starting from Delhi north campus and Pune.

About NestAway Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

NestAway Technologies Pvt Ltd. is largest home rental network in India. The company helps urban migrants in finding rental homes of their choice in cities using design and technology. It also serves as a one-stop service provider for tenants and house owners. Headquartered in Bengaluru, NestAway services are currently available in 10 cities in India. For more information, please visit: https://www.nestaway.com/

About Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world. Goldman Sachs has been serving Indian clients since the early 1990s and established an onshore presence in December 2006 following a ten-year joint venture. Today, it serves leading corporate and institutional clients through corporate finance (investment banking), equity sales and trading and fixed income securities businesses, as well as providing macro-economic and investment research. Goldman Sachs is also an active investor in India, deploying more than $3.4 billion in capital since 2006. In addition, the firm's 5,000-person Bangalore office provides critical support and service functions for Goldman Sachs around the world.

About UC- RNT

UC-RNT Fund is an alternative investment fund that partners RNT Associates (Ratan Tata) and the University of California. The fund invests in disruptive, technology-oriented businesses across the world and takes a long-term, founder-centric approach to investing, often relying on its proprietary sourcing advantage. It partners closely with the office of Chief Investment Officer of the Regents, University of California.

About Avendus Capital Pvt. Ltd.

The Avendus Group is a leading provider of financial services with an emphasis on customized solutions in the areas of Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Structured Credit Solutions and Alternative Assets Management. Avendus Capital has consistently been ranked among the leading investment bankers by overall number of deals. It has a strong track record of crossborder transactions and has helped multiple clients benefit from opportunities across geographies. Avendus’s wide range of clients is testimony to its ability to serve its corporate clients throughout their life cycle – from growth stage funding to complex, large sized transactions later in the cycle. For more information, please visit www.avendus.com

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