PE/VC Bets Plummet To 43-Month-Low Of $1.6 Billion In November


Investments by private equity and venture capital funds plummeted to a 43-month low of $1.6 billion in November, a report said on Tuesday.

The investments were 69 per cent lower than the year-ago period and 60% less than October, the report by industry’s lobby grouping Indian Venture and Alternate Capital Association (IVCA) and the consultancy firm EY said.

By volume terms, there were 58 deals in November 2023 as against 106 in the year-ago period and 73 in October 2023, the report said.

Based on the available data, the consultancy firm’s partner Vivek Soni said he anticipates PE/VC investments for 2023 to come at 10-12% below the $56 billion in 2022.

“This fall has been primarily fuelled by a sharp contraction in startup investments and a drop in number of large deals on account of the widening bid ask spread between investor valuations and seller expectations,” he added.

In November, there were six large deals of value greater than $100 million, aggregating to $993 million, which is just a fourth of what was recorded in the year-ago period.

Actis’s $205 million bet for acquiring 321 MW solar assets of Acme was the largest investment in the month, the report said.

There were 22 exits worth $1.2 billion in November compared to $2 billion in November 2022 across 34 deals.

PE/VC funds raised $401 million in November for investing in future, which was lower than the $1.9 billion raised in November 2022 and $2.4 billion in October 2023, the report added.

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