M&As falter in 2012, see revival in new year
In 2012, deals fell both in value and volume terms, thanks to the ongoing euro zone crisis, slow recovery in the US, a weak rupee and a volatile stock market.
According to Grant Thornton, an assurance, tax and advisory firm, the period from January 1 to December 15, 2012 witnessed 582 M&A deals, totalling $41.5 billion, compared to 644 deals worth $44.6 billion in 2011. The 2012 figures include mergers and internal restructuring of $14.8 billion, bereft of which deal value fell as much as 39%.
“At the start of the year, we were hopeful of several transactions happening,” said Raja Lahiri, partner, transaction advisory, Grant Thornton. “The optimism sprang from the experience in the last two years, when there was a big interest in inbound deals from Japan, the US and Europe, riding on the India growth story.”
Value of inbound deals fell sharply to $7 billion compared with $29 billion in 2011 and $9 billion in 2010. “The triggers (for the slowdown) were there from the first quarter, when the GDP growth slowed. The second trigger was the Vodafone tax issue, and the GAAR amendments proposed in the Budget. The issues surrounding telecom were a dampener, too.”
But the year has been a landmark one for corporate India, when companies that borrowed heavily to fuel expansion came in for a reality check, bogged down by
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