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February 16, 2012

Deal Alert: Jacob Ballas fund invests in DBM Geotechnics and Constructions

From the Press Release:

Mumbai-based DBM Geotechnics and Constructions Pvt. Ltd. ("DBM") today announced that it has received Rs.100 crores as an equity investment from NYLIM Jacob Ballas India Fund III, LLC (“NYLIM-JB Fund”), a Mauritius based Private Equity investor, for a significant minority stake. DBM is a market leader in geotechnical services and is also engaged in EPC services, mainly in the areas of foundation engineering and marine infrastructure construction.

Commenting on the deal Mr. D B Mahajan, Chairman and Managing Director of DBM said: “We are delighted to induct NYLIM-Jacob Ballas as a partner and with this DBM has achieved one more growth milestone. We believe NYLIM-JB's understanding of the Indian infrastructure sector and global best practices will help DBM to expand business to new heights and create value for all stakeholders. The customers have expressed their faith and trust in our services till date and we remain committed to maintain consistent quality. We are confident that in the near future, DBM will be seen as one of the prominent business organizations contributing to the infrastructure growth of the nation.”

Mr. Sunil Chawla, Partner, Jacob Ballas Capital India Pvt Ltd (“JBC”), investment advisor to the investment manager of NYLIM-JB Fund, said “DBM has carved a niche for itself in the geotechnical investigations and foundation engineering businesses. While these two verticals will continue to aid the infrastructure growth in the country, the engine for growth for DBM in the years ahead will be marine infrastructure construction, given the amount of activity being witnessed, both at the major and non-major ports. NYLIM Jacob Ballas India Fund is happy to partner with DBM and we look forward to contributing to the company's continued success.”

Mr. Chawla will be joining the Board of Directors of DBM.

YES Bank acted as exclusive advisors to DBM on this transaction.

About DBM Geotechnics and Constructions Private Limited

DBM was set up in 1990 by Mr. D B Mahajan, Chairman and Managing Director, as a specialised geotechnical services provider. The Company today enjoys a market leadership position and strong brand equity in the organised geotechnical investigations space in India. Having executed more than 3000 geotechnical projects till date, the Company possesses a wealth of geological data covering virtually the entire coastline and all the states in India. Leveraging on its experience and first-hand knowledge of geotechnical strata, DBM moved into foundation engineering in 2004 and then into ports and marine infrastructure construction in 2008. It is now one of the few players providing full service offerings related to ports and marine infrastructure construction, including design, engineering and project management services.

DBM employs about 440 people and operates about 175 rigs for drilling and piling operations, with capability to drill up to 1,200 meters below the surface level. The Company has a soil mechanics laboratory and an engineering workshop at Taloja, Navi Mumbai. Over the years, DBM has executed projects for various premier public sector organisations including BARC, MMRDA, NTPC, Department of Atomic Energy, Port Trusts like JNPT, MbPT, NMPT, KPT and others, besides working with many large private sector companies.

The full suite of DBM's services includes:
(1) Geotechnical Services - Marine and non-marine geotechnical investigations, topographic and hydrographic surveys, mineral exploration and ground improvement services.
(2) Foundation Engineering - Piling, diaphragm wall, micro piling, pre-stressed rock anchoring and drilling and grouting.
(3) Marine infrastructure construction - Construction of berths/ jetties, diaphragm walls, dolphins, block-wall jetties, breakwaters and supporting infrastructure, etc.

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About NYLIM Jacob Ballas India Fund III, LLC

NYLIM Jacob Ballas India Fund III, LLC is a Mauritius-based fund with an investment objective of achieving long-term capital appreciation through equity or equity-related investments into companies based in or with significant operations in India. NYLIM-JB Fund and its predecessor Funds have so far invested in 24 companies in a diverse range of sectors including telecom, ports, power, engineering construction, shipbuilding, auto components, IT consulting, general manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services etc. Some of the earlier investments by the Funds include Bharti Airtel, Gujarat Pipavav Port, Punj Lloyd, ABG Shipyard, Reliance Infrastructure, Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Co., Commercial Engineers & Body Builders Co. (CEBBCO), Bhilwara Energy, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, Financial Software and Systems, SEW Infrastructure, Vivimed Labs and Religare Finvest.

About Jacob Ballas Capital India Pvt Ltd

Jacob Ballas Capital India Pvt. Ltd (“JBC”), based in New Delhi, is the investment advisor to the investment manager(s) of three India focused private equity funds, New York Life International India Fund (Mauritius), LLC, New York Life Investment Management India Fund II LLC and NYLIM Jacob Ballas India Fund III, LLC. JBC’s ten member investment team has over 150 years of collective operating and investing experience, with over 50 years focused on private equity investments in India.

JBC was founded by Mr. Rajan Jetley, Chairman, who is a well known professional and entrepreneur. Mr. Jetley has previously served as CEO of Air India and India Tourism Development Corporation, and as Director of International Airports Authority of India. JBC’s shareholders, apart from Mr. Jetley, include (i) NYLCAP Holdings (Mauritius) which is wholly owned by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, (ii) Excelfin Pte Ltd, promoted by Mr B S Ong and Mr David Ban, reputed Asian entrepreneurs with extensive interests in property, retail and lifestyle businesses and (iii) the JBC senior management team, which includes Mr. Srinivas Chidambaram, Mr. Sunil Chawla Mr. Bharat Bakhshi and Mr. Anurag Kumar.

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