Technology disruption and overseas expansion drives M&A landscape in Indian automotive sector, says Grant Thornton ACMA report
Indian automobile industry has been opting for the inorganic route to balance investments to support current growth cycles and prepare for future global disruptions. According to Grant Thornton ACMA report - M&A in auto: Shifting gears to be future ready, Merger & Acquisition (M&A) deal volumes in the Indian auto space have remained steady with 18 announced transactions in YTD 2018 worth $500 million (mn). The report was released at ACMA’s National Conference on Inorganic Growth yesterday.
Growing transitional cost and lack of policy transparency key constraints for EV adoption in India: Grant Thornton-CII report
High cost of Electric Vehicle (EV) battery, lack of a ubiquitous charging infrastructure and policy transparency are the key constraints plaguing the electric mobility landscape in India, finds Grant Thornton CII report: Mobility through transition - Disruption and impact. The report was launched at the CII Next-Gen eMobility Summit in Delhi today. The report further suggests that the government needs to focus on importing lithium as sourcing this critical metal continues to be the key hurdle in EV adoption in India.
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.