Inbound merger and acquisitions set to increase: Assocham
April, 25th 2009
Strong financials of domestic companies and robust demand in sectors like telecom, pharma and capital goods will kickstart inbound merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in India in the next six to nine months, an industry lobby report said Thursday.
The report by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) said: "Inbound M&As, which had witnessed a steep fall of 85 per cent due to the global financial crisis, and consolidation deals are expected to show signs of revival by October-December period 2009."
Assocham president Sajjan Jindal said in the report: "Indian companies could attract greater number of inbound M&A deals as the equity valuations of certain sectors like telecom, pharma, and capital goods offer lucrative strategic option to bigger foreign companies."
In January-March 2009, the inbound M&A deals, which had the maximum share in total M&A deal size during October-December 2008, contracted by a whopping 85.28 per cent.
The outbound M&A deals shrunk 48.62 per cent as the number of deals declined from 28 in October-December 2008 to 16 in January-March 2009, the report said.
The aggregate M&A deals size plunged more than 70 per cent in the first quarter of 2009. The number of deals also declined from 58 to 45 during the period.
The Study also found that if it was the telecom sector that attracted the maximum share in the M&A deals in the last quarter of 2008, the pharmaceutical and IT sectors dominated the corporate M&A activities in the first three months of 2009.