By AltG Research On Behalf Of Poornima Vardhan And Taponeel Mukherjee
Monday kicks off with a flurry of activity in the world of Indian corporations. ITC, a major player in the market, has just greenlit the carve-out of its hotel business, creating a brand-new standalone unit. Meanwhile, Cafe Coffee Day, India's original coffee retailer, faces bankruptcy and gears up to spin off various business divisions to raise much-needed funds.
Even amidst the soaring success of ITC stock, which has surged by a remarkable ~59% in the past year, Indian corporates seem increasingly drawn to the allure of corporate spin-offs.
But what exactly is a carve-out?
In simple terms, carve-out deals occur when a company sells off a specific unit, be it a product line or a service division. These transactions have been witnessing a substantial rise, capturing the attention of large corporations and private equity firms alike. Notable examples include AT&T's headline-making announcement in 2022, where it disclosed plans to spin off WarnerMedia in a massive $43 billion transaction to merge with Discovery Inc. Similarly, international firm EQT made waves with its acquisition of Schülke & Mayr GmbH, a hygiene solutions provider and a subsidiary of Air Liquide S.A.
The driving forces behind these spin-offs are twofold:
Unlocking Shareholder Value: Companies believe that breaking down their business into separate units can unlock hidden value, leading to a higher valuation than when they function as a whole.
Focus on Non-Core Assets: By spinning off certain divisions, businesses can give them the freedom to operate independently, fostering innovation and the creation of additional products. A prime example is ITC's hotel division, which can grow and thrive without being constrained by its parent company's management.
As the BSE reaches unprecedented heights, the trend of spin-offs and carve-outs is expected to soar. Corporates are eyeing the opportunity to capitalize on the current high multiples while shedding divisions that no longer align with their long-term strategies.
The corporate carve-out wave in India is on the rise, and its impact on the business landscape is set to reshape the future for many major players.