Mergers and acquisitions deals rise in 2022
Mergers and acquisitions and other corporate deals in India surpassed pre-Covid levels to reach $159 billion with as many as 2,103 transactions in 2022, a 29 per cent increase from 2021 in terms of value, said a PwC India report.
India demonstrated signs of stable corporate deals defying the trend among most major economies of the world, said the PwC report titled ‘Deals in India: Annual Review 2022’.
Mergers and acquisitions accounted for a major share of the deal value, boosted by more than 20 large transactions, and reached a record high of $107 billion — almost twice that of 2021.
“However, excluding the HDFC Ltd and HDFC Bank merger (worth $60 billion), M&A deal values were about 15 per cent lower than 2021. Private equity (PE) investments stood at $52 billion, 22 per cent lower than 2021 but 20 per cent higher than all other preceding three years in terms of value and quantum,” it said.
Deal activity witnessed a steady decline quarter-on-quarter after a strong start in 2022, the report said. As much as 70 per cent of activity in value and volumes was witnessed in the first half of 2022, with only 30 per cent in the second half.
“The year 2022 has shown us that investor perspective on India is long-term, and the current market slowdown, while tough, will likely not result in major concerns. We believe M&A will be an essential instrument for companies to integrate supply chains, beat disruption and boost their market share,” said Dinesh Arora, Partner & Leader – Deals, PwC India.
The report said 72 per cent of disclosed deal value was generated from domestic deals in 2022 (88 per cent, if the HDFC merger deal is considered).