India Inc's M&A deal tally touches $29 bn: Study
Corporate India's merger and acquisition (M&A) spree saw a significant uptrend in October, taking the deal tally for the first 10 months this year to $29 billion, says a Grant Thornton report. According to the assurance, tax and advisory firm, there were 58 M&A transactions worth $3,144 million in October, a jump of 233%. M&As were up 35% in terms of the number of transactions. The significant growth in October values was due to big ticket transactions, the report said, adding that seven deals were valued over $100 million each and one was worth a billion dollar. Together, they contributed to around 80% of total M&A value. “Outbound investments and Domestic M&A have been demonstrating signs of growth,” Grant Thornton India LLP Partner Prashant Mehra said, adding that this growth was mainly driven by inbound transactions, which contributed to around $1.6 billion across 12 deals. During January-October, there were 486 deals worth $28,798 million, as against 476 transactions worth $27,516 million in the year-ago period. Going forward there is likely to be a positive outlook for deal activity. “With all the macro indicators looking positive, the current traction will continue to grow. Moreover, amidst the visibility of more on ground action around government's key policy and reforms, the stage is set to witness a high growth in the deal activity for the next few quarters,” Mehra said. A sector wise analysis shows that M&A activity was driven by telecom, which contributed to 38% of deal values while IT & ITeS and pharma together contributed to another 23% in October. Major deals during October include American Tower Corporation's 51% majority sate in Viom Network for $1.2 billion and Mumbai-based Carnival Group's acquisition of Larsen & Toubro's commercial real estate projects in Chandigarh for $267 million.
November 13, 2015 | 5:07pm IST