India's overall mergers and acquisitions' activity slows down
October, 04th 2012
India's overall mergers and acquisitions' activity slowed down in the first nine months this year. The value of mergers & acquisition (M&A) deals involving India reached $26.4 billion, a 24% decline from the first nine months of 2011, due to the absence of mega transactions.
Third quarter volume this year totalled $8.3 billion, up 57% from second quarter of 2012, and a 17% increase from third quarter of 2011, says an analysis by Thomson Reuters.
The average M&A deal size for disclosed deals declined to $74.5 million year-to-date, as compared to $85.6 million in the same period last year, as majority of India's M&A transactions fell below $1 billion.
Domestic M&A stood at $9.7 billion, up 50.9% compared to the first nine months of 2011, the highest year-to-date volume since 2010 ($10.9 billion).
The bulk of domestic activity focussed on the financial sector (23%) with $2.2 billion, up 18% from the first nine months of 2011. Domestic acquisitions in the materials sector reached $1.9 billion, up 123% from the same period last year.
While total cross-border deals amounted to $14.9 billion, down 45.8% from the first nine months of 2011. Inbound BRIC M&A activity announced 1,302 deals worth $57.1 billion, where India accounted for 19.4% ($11.1 billion) losing 1.8 market share points compared to the same period last year. China captured 31.4% among BRIC nations with $17.9 billion from 475 announced deals.
Inbound M&As also declined this year. Foreign firms acquiring Indian companies so far this year slowed down with 223 announced deals worth $11.1 billion, a 41.5% decline from a robust first nine months of 2011 ($18.9 billion).
However, during the third quarter of 2012, the value of inbound M&A deals grew 42% to $2.8 billion from the second quarter of 2012, and saw a 69% increase over the third quarter of 2011.
The bulk of inbound acquisitions focussed on the materials sector and accounted for nearly 41% of the activity with $4.5 billion, up 349% from the same period in 2011.