While entering the last year of the current regime, the business optimism in India has deteriorated with the country ranking 6th globally on the optimism index in the first quarter of 2018, says Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR), a quarterly global business survey. India has been topping the chart since the new government came into power in 2014 (refer to the graph). However, the confidence has shaken since Q3 2017 with weakening currency and a surge in oil prices (Q3 – 7th, Q4 -5th 2017). In contrast, globally, the business optimism is at an all-time high. The IBR finds that in Q1 2018, global business optimism stands at net 61 per cent - the highest figure recorded in 15 years of research.
India’s ranking improves in gender diversity with 20% women in leadership positions, finds Grant Thornton report
While India still ranks fifth lowest in having women in leadership roles, the percentage of leadership roles held by women in India has increased as per Grant Thornton’s Women in business: Beyond policy to progress report. The report shows a steady growth in women in leadership positions from 17 per cent last year to 20 per cent in 2018. This stood at 14 per cent in 2014. Further, the report highlights that 30 per cent of the respondents in India said they have no women in leadership roles.
For private equity (PE) investments in India, the year 2017 was a milestone clocking USD 21 bn, the highest yearly value, across 735 transactions. According to the sixth edition of Grant Thornton’s The Fourth Wheel 2018 report, the year recorded a 54 per cent jump in values over 2016, despite a 24 per cent decline in volumes. This indicates significant jump in average deal sizes.