Private Equity (PE) investment inflows into domestic firms doubled in the first half of 2021 to $11.82 billion in the year-ago period when the entire world was in lockdown due to the first wave of the killer virus, industry figures show.
Fund inflows grew more than 77 per cent to $7.55 billion in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $4.26 billion in the first quarter.
However, volume growth was 8.8 per cent at 296 transactions in the second quarter up from 272 in the first quarter, totalling the counts in the first half to 568, against 365 transactions in the year-ago period.
Total inflows were $5.43 billion across 365 deals in the first half of 2020, compared to $3.92 billion in 183 deals in the first quarter and $1.51 billion in 182 deals in the second quarter.
Private Equity inflow in last 11 years
The whole of 2020 witnessed a whopping $34.96 billion flowing into 708 domestic companies that were the highest on record, compared to only $15.31 billion in 2019, $11.2 billion (2018), $11.9 billion (2017), $5.02 billion (2016), $8.2 billion (2015), $5.99 billion (2014), $3.24 billion (2013), $3.87 billion (2012), $4.4 billion (2011) and $3.89 billion in 2010.
Top 10 deals in Private Equity Investment in H1, 2021
The top ten deals for the first half of 2021 are: Think and Learn ($1.32 billion), Bundl Technologies ($800 million), Mohalla Tech ($ million), Sporta Technologies ($355.6 million), Axelia Solutions ($350 million), Brainbees Solutions ($315 million), Zomato ($302 million), Meesho Payments ($300 million), Pine Labs ($285 million), and DreamPlug Technologies ($272.11 million).
Online-space sector stand at top for most PE inflow
More than 40 per cent of the total inflows in the first half were in the online space of $4.52 billion, with over 73 per cent in 210 deals, followed by financials in 149 deals.
Investments in the online sector have increased by 73.2 per cent, with the number of deals increasing from 149 in the first half of 2020 to 201 in the first half of 2021. Fund inflows to software companies increased by 261 per cent, financial services by 44 per cent, medical health and consumer-related companies by 64 per cent each.