IBEF: India Brand Equity Foundation
India Brand Equity Foundation DLXXVI January 05, 2015
In this issue
- What's NewIBEF
- Poll
- Conversations on Brand India
- Did You Know?
- Economy & Policy Snapshots
- They Said It
- Exclusive
- Focus: Exports
- Media: Interview
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  Domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in India touched a four year high by deal value in 2014. With a total of 247 M&A deals worth US$ 16.17 billion registered during 2014, it is nearly a threefold jump from 2013. Large transactions like Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd's US$ 2.4 billion acquisition of ING Vysya Bank Ltd and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's purchase of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd worth US$ 3.2 billion were the main highlights in the domestic M&A circuit in 2014. Bankers expect deal activity to remain strong in 2015. The focus is expected to shift towards companies looking to acquire assets for growth as economic growth accelerates during this year.

In another significant development, SRF Limited has acquired Global DuPont Dymel, the pharmaceutical propellant business of American chemical giant DuPont, in an all-cash deal, for US$ 20 million. According to the terms of the deal, DuPont would transfer the 'Dymel' brand to SRF as well as the technology and knowhow for setting up its own 'current Good Manufacturing Practices' (cGMP) facility.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2015.

Warm regards

Aparna Dutt Sharma
Aparna Dutt Sharma
India Brand Equity Foundation
Ordinary Indians, Extraordinary Enterprise  
What's new@IBEF
Updated Brand India Commodities website
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Conversations on Brand India
"With India becoming the fourth largest base for young businesses in the world, the year gone by has provided many reasons to cheer for first generation home grown entrepreneurs."

Aparna Dutt Sharma
Chief Executive Officer
India Brand Equity Foundation

2015 - Year of the Indian entrepreneur
Did You Know?
The foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into India rose by about 25 per cent to record US$ 17.35 billion in the April-October 2014 period.
Economy & Policy Snapshots
Niti Aayog replaces Planning Commission; PM to be chairperson
New Delhi: The Government of India has replaced the 65 year old Planning Commission with an institution named NITI Aayog, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister and serve as a government think tank. "Niti Aayog will emerge as an active and important institution that will play a pivotal role in India's development journey in the years to come," said Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.
  On first day of 2015, Mangalyaan completes 100 days in orbit around Mars
Chennai: India's first interplanetary mission Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has completed 100 days around Mars. The orbiter, named Mangalyaan, was successfully inserted into the red planet's orbit on September 24, 2014, making India the first nation to achieve such a milestone at its first attempt.
MF investments in equities, debt markets in 2014 at all-time high
New Delhi: The Indian mutual fund (MF) invested more than Rs 21,000 crore (US$ 3.29 billion), on a net basis, in equity markets in 2014 and Rs 5.94 trillion (US$ 93.16 billion) in debt markets. The investments have been recorded at an all-time high, as per data released by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
  Venture capital funds focused on social sector to raise Rs 5000 crore in 2015
Mumbai: The venture capital (VC) funds focussed on the social sector planning to raise Rs 5,000 crore (US$ 790.64 million) in 2015. The annual impact investment in the sector in India is expected to cross US$ 1 billion mark in 2020, as per Mr Amit Bhatia, CEO, Impact Investors Council.
Domestic M&As surge to a four-year high in 2014
Mumbai: Indian companies have concluded 247 mergers and acquisitions (M&As) deals worth US$ 16.17 billion in 2014, a four year high by deal value, according to the data from Grant Thornton India.
  SRF acquires Dupont's Dymel pharma propellant business for $20 million
New Delhi: SRF Ltd has acquired Global DuPont Dymel, the pharmaceutical propellant business of DuPont, for US$ 20 million.
They Said It
"I would not change my commitment at all to India. I would not change at all my doubling down now."
Mr John Chambers
Chairman and CEO
Cisco Systems

Exclusive   Focus: Exports
The Big Bug Slayer
This mosquito trap, MozziQuit, is an award winning patented innovation by serial innovator Mr Ignatius Orwin Noronha. For this particular innovation, it was a personal pain point that proved to be the inspiration for the serial inventor. I had made a resolution when I was just a small child, about five years old, to destroy mosquitoes. It was when my mother told me the cause for the swelling in one of her legs was due to mosquito bite (filaria), he says.
  IT & ITeS
India is one of the fastest-growing IT services markets in the world. It is also the world's largest sourcing destination, accounting for approximately 52 per cent of the US$ 124-130 billion market. The industry has employed almost 10 million Indians and, hence, has contributed significantly to social transformation in the country.

Sectoral Presentation
Media: Interview
Media: Interview   Mr Ashish Kashyap, Founder & CEO, ibibo Group
In this exclusive interview with IBEF, Mr Ashish Kashyap, Founder & CEO of ibibo Group shares the recent plans of the company, views on the ecommerce industry and Brand India.

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