Corporate India went on a shopping spree in July-September of this year with 100 deals amounting to $27.7 billion, the highest quarterly value since 2001, says global deal tracking firm Mergermarket. Quarter-on-quarter, there has been a 212.7 per cent jump in deal value as the previous quarter (April-June) witnessed transactions worth $8.8 billion. “Due to the September quarter’s record performance, YTD (year to date) value of India-targeted M&A activity ($46 billion) has already exceeded any annual value on Mergermarket record through a total of 281 deals,” Mergermarket said in a report.
Telecommunications was India’s most active sector this year in respect of deal value. Its five deals worth $16.1 billion announced during January-September accounted for more than one-third of the total deal value across India, the report said. Grasim Industries’ $8 billion acquisition of Aditya Birla Nuvo, and the $4.8 billion merger of Aircel with the wireless business of Reliance Communications were the top telecom deals. “While such mega deals are rare, such activity within the telecom sector is likely to retain,” the report stated.