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M&A deals in April see 96 per cent decline to $735 million: Report

According to a report by consultancy Grant Thornton, in April last year, the total M&A deal value stood at $19,142 million

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The value of merger and acquisition deals announced in April stood at $735 million (over Rs 5,100 crore), a decline of 96 per cent against previous year during the same period, as per a report.

According to a report by consultancy Grant Thornton, in April last year, the total M&A deal value stood at $19,142 million.

The report said the total number of deals announced last month stood at 35. Of this, two were billion-dollar deals, while 18 were valued at or above $100 million, together contributing 91 per cent of total M&A deal value.

When compared to March 2019, M&A transactions value plummeted 92 per cent despite a 17 per cent increase in the deal volumes.

"Absence of large ticket merger transactions and/or non-closure of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) transactions impacted the overall M&A transaction values," Grant Thornton India LLP Director Pankaj Chopda said.

In April this year, there were only three transactions worth over $100 million as compared to eight such deals including one worth over $7 billion in March, the report said.

Further, both domestic and cross-border transactions took a back seat in April when compared to the same period last year as only 35 deals aggregating to $0.7 billion were announced, the report added.

Of the total M&A value, 43 per cent was contributed by retail and consumer sector led by Amazon's strategic stake acquisition in Witzig Advisory Services in order to acquire Aditya Birla Group's More and compliance with the latest FDI norms on e-commerce.

This was followed by deals in IT-solutions and data analytics, IT, pharma and e-commerce sectors, among others.