Indian private equity investment deals hit record, cross $21 billionStaff writer ▼ | January 5, 2016
Private equity inflow of $21 billion in India for the full year of 2015 surpassed the previous high of $18 billion, according to VCCEdge, a financial research platform of the VCCircle Network.
Asia The deals surged 48% in India in 2015
Deal-making hit an all-time high with 1,375 deals being recorded during 2015, surpassing the deal volume witnessed in any previous year in the history of Indian private equity.
Compared to 934 deals clinched in 2014, the deal volume surged 48% in 2015. Big-ticket deals ($100 million and above) constituted about 63% of the total private equity capital invested in 2015.
There were 53 big-ticket deals with a total value of $13.2 billion, compared to just 24 deals with a total value of $5.8 billion in 2014, up nearly 127%.
Exits recovered ground in 2015 as value of private exits rose 12.5% to $5.4 billion during the year. There was, however, a decline in the number of deals, which dipped to 253 deals compared with 270 deals in 2014.
M&A deal value declined 31.5% to $22.9 billion in 2015, compared to $33.5 billion in 2014. While the aggregate deal value is less than the previous year, M&A deal volume in 2015, at 938 deals, is higher than 2014’s 892 deals.
Equity capital markets remained supportive, helping 70 companies raise $2.3 billion in public offerings during 2015, up 2.4 times from what was raised in 2014. There were 64 deals in 2014.
It was an action-packed 2015 for early-stage investment in India as Angel and Venture Capital investments were the prime drivers of capital inflow. Angel and seed investments grew 64%, increasing to $327 million from $200 million in 2014. Deal volume went up 82.5% to 650 deals from 356 deals in 2014.
Venture capital funding saw an upswing, recording the highest ever jump to cross a new milestone in 2015. A record 473 VC deals were registered during the year, as against 307 deals recorded in 2014. Deal value too more than doubled, shooting up to $5.4 billion during the year, as compared with $2.3 billion in 2014. ■