Chennai: Private venture capital (PE-VC) investments continue to rise as transaction counts in the first nine months of 2021 hit a record high of $ 49 billion, up 52% ​​from the same nine-month period last year and already surpassing the investment figure of $ 39.5 billion for the full year of 2020. Calendar year 2021 also saw widespread growth, with investments in PE-VC in early and late stage companies with high growth. The number of transactions from January to September 2021 has already reached 840 transactions against 892 transactions in the full year 2020 and 651 transactions from January to September 2020, according to data from Venture Intelligence. This count excludes PE’s investments in real estate. The number of large-scale deals (over $ 100 million) stood at over 100 in the nine months of 2021, compared to just 41 in the same period of 2020. Likewise, startup deals have increased by more than 30%, from 190 to 249 transactions. About $ 422 million in startup investments were made by VCs in Indian startups this year, up from $ 216 million last year. “While it is encouraging to see the record pace of PE-VC investment in India continuing, the highlight of the last quarter was the successful IPOs of Zomato focused on the Indian consumer and corporate market. global SaaS-driven Freshworks, ”Arun Natarajan, Founder, Venture Intelligence, said. “Such exemplary liquidity events will increase the share of the asset allocation pie that PE-VC investing in India commands from domestic and foreign investors,” he added.
Investments in PE-VC during the July-September quarter amounted to $ 20.1 billion across 368 transactions, a sequential increase of 35% from the previous quarter and 69% from the same period l last year.
Investments in unicorns totaled over $ 20 billion and so far accounted for almost 41% of the value pie in 2021. In the July-September quarter, over $ 10 billion (out of 28 transactions) have been invested in such companies.
With the pandemic leading to rapid digitization, the IT and ITeS industry accounted for $ 28.1 billion (70%) of total investment in the first nine months of 2021. The sector also recorded 58 mega transactions (over $ 100 million) over the period and $ 3 billion deals.
$ 3.6 billion fundraising ahead of e-commerce giant Flipkart IPO brings Japanese firm SoftBank Corp back to its capital table, BPO firm Hinduja Global Solutions sells its services business Healthcare at Baring Private Equity Asia for $ 1.2 billion, and Blackstone to acquire a stake in wealth management focused ASK Group for $ 1 billion, were the best deals in July-September.


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