The India Mortgage Guarantee Corporation (“IMGC” or the “Company”), today announced that Sagen MI Canada (“Sagen”) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a stake representing approximately 31% of the Company in a primary funding round.
The proposed transaction will close after receipt of customary statutory and regulatory approvals. This investment marks the onboarding of another marquee investor in IMGC, which currently has National Housing Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, and Enact Holdings, Inc. (through its subsidiary) as its shareholders.
The proceeds will provide growth capital to the business and support the enhancement of operational and technological capabilities while maintaining a robust risk management framework.
This will be Sagen’s first investment in India. Sagen has been operating in Canada for more than 27 years and is the largest private-sector residential mortgage default insurer in Canada.
IMGC has built a significant competitive position by guaranteeing over 70,000 home loans amounting to more than INR 15,000 Crores, through its partnership with 19 lenders including leading Banks and Housing Finance Companies.
Affordable housing is one of the most promising segments in the retail finance space and IMGC has been playing a crucial role in helping its lender partners foray into this space with minimal risk and helping home buyers fulfil their dreams of owning a home through higher eligibility and lower equated monthly installments. IMGC’s new business volume grew by more than 50% in FY22 and is expected to have a sustained CAGR of over 50% in the next 3 years.
Confirming the strategic investment, Stuart Levings, President and CEO of Sagen said, “We are excited to be making this investment in IMGC and look forward to supporting IMGC’s growth as they continue to help first-time homebuyers achieve their dream of homeownership.”
Speaking on the development, Mahesh Misra, CEO of IMGC said, “We are pleased to welcome Sagen as a strategic investor for our next phase of growth. This investment is a strong endorsement of the quality of businesses we have built to scale over the years. As the first ‘Mortgage Guarantee’ company in India, IMGC’s endeavor is to empower the housing finance ecosystem and promote early homeownership. We look forward to leverage Sagen’s global experience to drive innovation and transformation to further deepen the mortgage guarantee market in India. We are delighted by the trust placed in us to actively participate in our growth journey.”
Bangalore based Unitus Capital acted as exclusive financial transaction advisor to IMGC.