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Trifecta Capital records the final close of Trifecta Venture Debt Fund – II at Rs. 1025 crores

Trifecta Venture Debt Fund-II has already invested Rs. 900 crores (US$ 123 million) across 38 companies. With a provision to recycle capital, the fund will have an investible corpus of up to Rs 2,560 crores

National, 5th March’21: Trifecta Capital announced today that Trifecta Venture Debt Fund-II, its’ second Venture Debt Fund, launched in March 2019 has been oversubscribed in its Final Closing. The Fund, with a target of Rs. 1,000 crores (US$137 million), including a green shoe option of Rs 250 crores, received investor commitments of Rs. 1,025 crores (US$ 140 million). This was driven by the strong performance of both Fund-I and II managed by the firm, as well as the leadership position that Trifecta Capital has achieved in this emerging asset class. Trifecta Venture Debt Fund-II has already invested Rs. 900 crores (US$ 123 million) across 38 companies and with a provision to recycle capital, will have an investible corpus of up to Rs 2,560 crores (US$ 350 million).

Trifecta Capital had launched the country’s first Venture Debt Fund in 2014 with commitments of Rs. 500 crores (US$ 68 million). This Fund, now in its 6th year, has already returned over three quarters of its capital to its investors, and is likely to return 100% of the capital by June, 2021. Across the two Funds, Trifecta Capital has invested approximately Rs. 2,000 crores (US$ 274 million) in 72 early growth and growth stage start-ups.

Trifecta Capitals’ funds are predominantly backed by institutional investors including Banks, Insurance companies, Development Institutions, Public Sector Entities, Corporates and Endowments , from India and offshore, as well as some of India’s largest Family Offices. 

The Trifecta Capital team has significant experience of building and investing in start-ups, something that differentiates it from other credit providers in the market. This has contributed to the Firm being able to pick high quality companies early in their journey. Nine of its portfolio companies have become Unicorns and several others are likely to achieve a billion dollar valuation in the next 12 months.

Trifecta Capital’s portfolio companies include Big Basket, Pharmeasy, Cars24, Vedantu, Infra.Market, ShareChat, Dailyhunt, UrbanCompany, CureFit, CarDekho, Blackbuck, Ninjacart, NoBroker, Kreditbee, Dehaat, Turtlemint, Livspace and BharatPe amongst several others. The Trifecta Capital portfolio has cumulatively raised US$ 8.1 billion of equity, and is cumulatively valued at US$ 20 billion.

Rahul Khanna, Managing Partner said, “Successfully closing Fund-II during these challenging times is evidence of the performance of our funds and the maturity of the asset class which we pioneered in 2014. Besides consistently beating the quarterly hurdle on returns for over five years across both funds, we have returned a significant portion of our first Fund to investors and are building a strong foundation for the future. We are grateful to our investors for their continued support.”

“For Trifecta Capital, founders come first. We are motivated by the success of our portfolio companies and continue to innovate with financing structures around different use cases, be it working capital, inventory, growth or acquisition financing. Our solution-oriented approach to financing as well as our deep commitment to helping grow our portfolio companies has been a key differentiator for Trifecta Capital”, added Nilesh Kothari, Managing Partner.

Growth in the business has been driven by significant innovation and relevant credit solutions which Trifecta Capital has developed and deployed. Contingent fee based structures, on-demand short term credit for flexible financing of working capital, special facilities for SaaS companies include some of the key new products launched in the last few years to complement the core term based offering of venture debt. Further, Trifecta Capital also helps startups with banking products which are offered through a large number of partnerships with banks and NBFCs; and further introduces them to  partnership opportunities with their network of large corporate relationships.

Anuj Srivastava – Founder, Livspace said, “One of our best financial decisions we took early in Livspace’s journey was to partner with Trifecta Capital. Most importantly, the team has infectious energy which rubs off on ours’, they are very responsive and optimize for speed which is very important to us, and, unlike any other, the team has the capability to add value beyond the day-to-day given their industry connects, understanding of various asset classes and overall understanding of how high growth companies evolve. Their second Fund closing positions them well to support many businesses like ours. Above all, we deeply value Livspace’s relationship with Trifecta and how we have worked together through multiple stages of our business and look forward to even greater times ahead.”

Vipul Parekh, Co-Founder, Big Basket said ”We have had a long and fruitful relationship with Trifecta Capital since 2017. They are very thoughtful partners and show tremendous flexibility in working with Start-ups. They understand our business well and are always eager to help with their excellent industry relationships. We value Nilesh’s counsel and his unique approach to thinking through our capital needs for capex and working capital. Having raised more than Rs. 160 crs. of debt from them over the years, I’m personally impressed with their speed and responsiveness at every stage. As our business scaled multifold, we could invest the right kind of capital behind warehouses and supply chains prudently, which has helped us manage equity dilution and improve ROE and returns for our investors. We would be glad to continue to work with them in the future as well.”

Rajeev Ahuja, Executive Director – RBL Bank commented, “We have had a relationship with Trifecta Capital since its founding days and it has helped us understand the dynamic startup environment in India. Trifecta Capital, and the involvement of investors like RBL Bank, broadens the availability of capital, both venture and senior debt. Together, we bring an array of modern treasury, working capital and payment services that can help startups grow their businesses and also address a diverse set of financial needs. With Trifecta Capital, we get a window into the world of a diverse set of startups, investment themes and VC trends. We are excited as we extend our partnership to this second Fund as well.”

Trifecta Capital will be launching its third Venture Debt Fund in Q3 2021. The size of this Fund is likely to be in the range of Rs. 1,200-1,500 crores (US$ 165-2005 million)

About Trifecta Capital:

Founded by Rahul Khanna and Nilesh Kothari in 2014, Trifecta Capital is India’s leading alternate financing platform for startups across their life cycle. Prior to founding Trifecta Capital, Rahul Khanna was Managing Director, Canaan Partners, a US$ 5 billion global venture capital fund, and Founding Director of Clearstone Venture Partners, India. Nilesh Kothari was previously Managing Director (Ventures and Acquisitions), Accenture plc, a US$ 44 billion global technology and consulting company.

With tailor-made financing and advisory solutions, Trifecta Capital serves market leaders and category creators spanning across domains like B2B, Consumer Services, Consumer brands, E-commerce, Mobility, EdTech, AgriTech, FinTech and Healthcare. As of March, 1, 2021 it has raised over  Rs. 1500 crores across two Venture Debt Funds, as well as built a customised technology and advisory platform to support fast growing startups.

Since inception, Trifecta Capital has deployed over Rs. 2,000 crores (US$ 274 million) and aims to be the financial partner of choice for leading New Economy companies in India and South East Asia. It currently has offices in NCR, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

Source: Business World

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