Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Private equity, venture capital funding up 64% to $8.3 bn in Q4


MUMBAI: There was a 64 per cent jump in private equity and venture capital investment­s in India during the JanuaryMar­ch period at $8.3 billion across 266 deals compared to the year-ago period, a report said on Thursday.

However, when compared with the preceding December quarter’s total of $18.5 billion, the investment­s have declined by 55 per cent.

At $1.8 billion, e-commerce recorded the highest quarterly value of investment­s in the sector in the past five quarters, the report by the consultanc­y firm EY and industry lobby India Venture Capital Associatio­n, said.

There were 22 large deals during the March quarter, through which Indian companies garnered $4.8 billion, it said, adding that the same was lower than the immediatel­y preceding December 2020 quarter’s $16 billion in investment through 30 such deals.

EY’s partner Vivek Soni said there has seen a sequential month-on-month increase in PE/VC investment activity from $1.6 billion in January to $4.6 billion in March 2021. However, he added that investors can get cautious going ahead.

“the second wave of COVID-19 infections is surging in India as well as globally. New variants of the virus and the slow vaccine rollout are raising fresh concerns as many government­s/ local authoritie­s impose mini-lockdowns, which could endanger the recovery underwriti­ng thesis.

Investors could turn cautious till more clarity emerges on government response to the second wave,” he said.

From an exits perspectiv­e, the total amount was $4.2 billion in the latest March quarter. This is 70 per cent of the entire exit activity of 2020, it said.

The March quarter recorded nine PE-backed initial public offerings which is the highest quarterly number so far, Vivek Soni said, adding that out of the at least 90 companies that have filed for IPOs, half are backed by private equities.

During the reporting quarter, growth deals were the highest at $4.3 billion across 63 deals, followed by start-up investment­s worth $2 billion across 161 deals, the report said.

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