Sri Lanka Jetwing group private equity raising on track

July 08, 2013 (LBO) – A private equity raisin for four greenfield hotels is underway with local investors and a foreign investor coming on board, but the matching investor needs with a new project has been challenging, an official said. “While the equity investor is looking at us, we are also looking at them,” Jetwing chief Hiran Cooray told a business forum in Colombo.

“Do we want this person on the board? Are they coming to grow the business, or are they going to put so many rules and regulators, are they going to restrict us?”

He was speaking at an LBR- LBO forum on private versus public equity.

Sri Lanka’s Jetwing group set up a separate vehicle Jetwing Symphony, to raise about a million US dollars in equity.

Cooray said they had a foreign investor they were happy with and local investors as well, but it was not easy to match everyone’s needs.

The firm went to private markets because they were looking for strategic partners who could wait for some time, and go public later when they were giving results.

The group was building four hotels; two was under construction with one nearing completion.

He said a hotel took three years to build and another two or three years to start making money. But