WOPL raises INR 500 crores AIF to boost warehouse infra growth

Welspun One Logistics Parks (WOLP) has successfully concluded the initial close of its second Alternative Investment Fund (AIF), WOLP Fund 2, raising an impressive INR 500 crores from domestic high net worth and family office investors within a short span of eight weeks. The speed of the raise underscores the strong investor confidence in both, the Welspun One platform and the prospects of the warehousing and industrial sector in India. WOLP Fund 2 was launched in March 2023 and aims to raise a corpus of INR 2,000 Crore, including a green shoe option of INR 1,000 Crore. Along with project level debt, this is expected to give the fund enough dry powder to invest in projects which entail an outlay of over INR 6,000 crore. Fund 2 is the successor to WOLP Fund 1, introduced in early 2021, which has since been fully committed across a portfolio of 6 projects pan-India aggregating to 6.5 million square feet of grade A warehousing and industrial space. Fund 1 has also delivered an impressive track record with over 50% of the Fund 1 portfolio close to being leased and physically delivered within a short span of two years. Fund 2 will further add 10-12 million square feet of new projects to this footprint, taking Welspun One’s total portfolio to 16-18 million square feet over the next 4-5 years.
Anshul Singhal, Managing Director, Welspun One Logistics Parks, said, “We are pleased to witness an exceptional investor response, as the first round of WOLP Fund 2 successfully closed at INR 500 Crore within a remarkable 8-week timeframe, which is a record of sorts in the alternative investments space. This achievement not only exemplifies the high level of trust and confidence that investors have bestowed upon WOLP but also the increasing depth of capital available from domestic investors who are willing to back new age ideas and infrastructure, which is very heartening.”