Startups, ecommerce and IT firms drive deal values in Q1 2022: report

Illustration: Rahul Awasthi Mumbai: Despite entering 2022 under the shadow of Omicron, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, India Inc. outperformed itself on private equity (PE) investments and M&As in the first quarter of calendar year 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to Grant Thornton Bharat’s Dealtracker report for Q1 (Jan-March) of 2022. After record-breaking deal activity in 2021, India Inc clocked 608 deals aggregating to $13.3 billion in the quarter. That is a 49% jump in deal volumes and a 9% increase in deal values from the same quarter last year.

According to the report, 25 deals of over $100 million each, 99 deals valued at $10-99 million each, and an increased focus on startups helped the Indian private equity (PE) funding ecosystem post a 92% increase in investment value to $9.4 billion from $4.9 billion in the same period last year. There were 441 PE deals in Q1 2022, up from 299 in Q1 2021.

Byju’s $800-million fundraise was the largest deal recorded in the quarter, followed by Swiggy’s $700 million fundraise . Through the quarter, startups such as Zetwerk and Ola Electric Mobility also made it to the top 10 with deals worth $210 million and $200 million, respectively.

Startups led on private equity investments in terms of number of deals, wrapping up 283 investments worth $2.9 billion in the quarter. The ecommerce sector mopped up $3.2 billion with just 60 deals. The quarter also saw the emergence of 11 unicorns.

Retail, tech, and fintech led investment volumes in the startup sector with 18% each, followed by the enterprise application infrastructure segment with 12% and edtech and health tech with 7% each. The agri-tech, auto tech, media tech, gaming and travel, transport and logistics platform segments were also active during the quarter.

The startup sector also continued to […]

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