InvestorQ : Is it true that the total number of PE and merger deals this year have been more than last year?
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Is it true that the total number of PE and merger deals this year have been more than last year?

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Moii Chavate answered.
5 months ago
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You are absolutely right. The total deal value for 2020 was not only robust but actually grew by 7% in 2020 over 2019. The total value of all deals in the year 2020 till date was pegged at $80 billion. This deal volume was spread across a total of 1268 transactions and this represented a much a higher per capital value of deals compared to last year.

Interestingly, but not too surprisingly, more than 35% of these deals were accounted for by global investments into two of the marquee RIL ventures; Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail. If you leave aside the big-ticket deals in the telecom sector, the first half of 2020 actually saw investors putting plans on hold to focus more on conserving cash.

Among domestic deals; the biggest deal was Reliance Retail ventures buying the complete retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing businesses of Kishor Biyani’s Future Group for a sum of $3.3 billion. The year also included the big fund infusions by Facebook and Google into Jio Platforms. There was no FDI flow into Reliance Retail.

FDI worth $30 billion came in the first half of the year, with the rest coming in the second half. Telecom replaced technology as the leader, attracting investments worth $11.2 billion. This is the first year that telecom has got the better of technology and IT services and for that Deal Street needs to thank Reliance.

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