Business Basics and Management Mantras - Understanding Mergers

Jun 18th, 2015
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Indian business has entered an era where mergers and acquisitions have taken a front seat.A year after India's largest telco Bharti Airtel called off merger talks with South Africa's MTN, both companies recently announced that they had restarted talks to create a global powerhouse with revenues over $ 20 billion

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Business Basics and Management Mantras - Understanding Mergers Indian business has entered an era where mergers and acquisitions have taken a front seat.A year after India's largest telco Bharti Airtel called off merger talks with South Africa's MTN, both companies recently announced that they had restarted talks to create a global powerhouse with revenues over $ 20 billion and a footprint stretching from the Cape of Good Hope across the African continent, West Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The potential deal, which seeks to tiptoe around the emotional sensitivities that scuppered their merger talks last year, will catapult the combine into the league of the top five telecom operators globally, with over 200 million customers. By any yardstick, the Bharti - MTN deal, if it goes through, will usher in the next round of the Indian telecom M&A story.At an estimated ticket size of $ 23 billion, this will be the biggest cross-border deal that India Inc has been involved in, and nearly twice as much as what British telco Vodafone paid to acquire a little over half of Hutchison Telecom International's Indian operations in early 2007. Before we analyse the case, let us understand the concept of Merger and the strategy behind mergers.Mergers and Acquisitions in IndiaIn India we find that the mergers have passed to different phases. In India Mergers between the same group companies have been in place for a long time. This used to happen because the capacities for the

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