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M&A deal value drops 96 pc to USD 735 million in April

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The value of merger and acquisition deals announced in April stood at USD 735 million (over Rs 5,100 crore), a decline of 96 per cent from the year-ago 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 USD 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 USD 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 IBC transactions impacted the overall M&A transaction values," said.

In April this year, there were only three transactions worth over USD 100 million as compared to eight such deals including one worth over USD 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 USD 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 in order to acquire Aditya Birla Group's More and compliance with the latest FDI norms on

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

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 19:31 IST