Academy of Strategic Management Journal (Print ISSN: 1544-1458; Online ISSN: 1939-6104)

Original Articles: 2017 Vol: 16 Issue: 1

Analysis of Cross Border Acquisitions by Indian Information Technology Sector Firms (Part-2)

Anand Gaurav Chandrawanshi, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology

Amit Banerji, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology

Introduction

India happened to be among the top ten Outward Foreign Direct Investment sources in the period 2000-2007 and by 2008 India had become almost net outward Foreign Direct Investor country Chandrawanshi and Banerji (2014); Indian Outward Foreign Direct Investment has been a natural extension of their core competence developed over the decades. These core competencies were developed with increment growth in efficiencies and also a result of globalisation because of which Indian firms were exposed to global competition. Indian MNCs post liberalisation (1991) changed the course of business and turned to strategy of inorganic growth along with organic growth strategy, the former encouraged them to go outside geographical boundaries to seek new markets, technical know-how and strategic assets. A major change of shift of OFDI from manufacturing to services was observed during 2000, and Information Technology & Information Technology Enabled Services sector emerged as a sector with largest OFDI through Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) activity.

Figure-1 shows trend of OFDI from India for last decade. There is a rise from 2001 to 2014 with CAGR of 22%, and highest recorded in 2009(Rs. 905 Bn.), followed by 2011(Rs. 782.57 Bn.). Sector wise distribution of OFDI from India indicates, companies from IT & ITES sector entered in maximum deals from 2005 to 2014 followed by Pharmaceutical sector (Grant Thornton 2014).

Figure 1.Outward Foreign Investment from India.

This trend of inorganic growth strategy by Indian firms motivated numerous researchers to look into the outcome of such cross border M&A activity in terms of profitability and other factors; whether Indian firms have been successful in achieving their targets though this route. To look into the issue, in this study, previous studies which were done globally and at domestic level were studied and then problems of existing methodologies were addressed. This study is however limited to financial aspect of M&A activity. Various studies have given varied outcomes and results. Some studies found, that acquisitions were not beneficial for them, and in some it was observed have a positive impact on profitability.

Literature Review

Numerous studies have been conducted to study the impact of M&As on performance of organizations which have undergone mergers and/or acquisitions, either in domestic or cross border. Extant studies have used following methodologies in more or less similar manner to study the impact of acquisition which are as follows:

1) Event Study Methodology

2) Accounting returns analysis

3) Economic Value Added Analysis

4) Combined studies of Event study and Accounting return analysis

Event Study Methodology

In this methodology, studies were done to find the abnormal returns gained by shareholders as a result of acquisition announcement news and also in long run on shareholder’s wealth. Studies were also done regarding the profitability of the acquired firms shows in table 1.

Accounting Return Analysis

The studies conducted using this methodology looked in the post-acquisition financial performance of acquiring firms through evaluating financial and profitability measures viz. Operating cash flow, Return on Assets, Returns on Equity, Returns on Net Worth, Return on Capital Employed etc shows in table 2. If is there a positive change in these measures of profitability in post-acquisition period. Another approach which is followed is to compare the pre and post-acquisition financial ratios to have a view, if there is a significant change in above said measures as a result of M&A activity.

Economic Value Added Analysis

EVA is an indicator developed by the Stern Stewart & CO., a consulting firm Kan & Ohno (2012). In acquiring firm as a result of M&A activity has been proposed by some researchers, EVA is the balance of capital earnings of an enterprise or its business segment in a certain period minus investment cost Xue S and Yang D (2006) shows in table 3.

Table 1: Literature Review
Author(s) Study Period Event Window Inference
Asquith (1983) 1962-76 (-1,0) For a sample of 196 firms, positive abnormal returns were found for firms where targets were large (target firm’s equity is greater than 10%).
Healy et al (1990) 1979-83 (-5,5) Sample of 50 largest mergers; found positive announcement returns and increase in operating cash flow.
Agrawal et al
(1992)
1955-87 (0, 5 years) Stockholders of acquiring firms had a statistically significant wealth loss of 10% over five years post-merger completion.
Kaplan and Weisbach (1992) 1971-82 (-5,5) 44% of large acquisition divested (acquired firms were sold off), however, among them 42% gained from selling off, and 34% of the divested acquisitions were considered unsuccessful, during the period of study (1971-1982) for a sample of 271 mergers and tender offers. The returns of acquiring firms were found lower concurrent with results of previous studies.
Rau and Vermaelen(1998) 1980-91 (0,3 years) Acquiring firms show negative abnormal returns and firms with tender offers show statistically significant but low positive abnormal returns. It was also observed that firms with low book-to-market ratio underperform as compared to high book-to ?market ratio firms.
Cames et al (2001) 1985-95 (0, 3 years to 5 years Cross border acquisitions observed to be value destroying activity for 361 US firms. Abnormal returns were found to be significantly negative for both three and five years’ period. It was observed that post announcement returns did not influence long term returns for acquirer firms.
Sudarsanam and Gao (2003) 1990-99 (0, 3 years) 386 M&As of high technology industry firms (Biotechnology, IT, Communication, Others) of UK for the period of 1990- 1999, looking for the strategic growth motives for undergoing M&A activities. The study observed that in long term, these acquisitions resulted shareholder’s value going down.
Moeller et al (2003) 1980-01 (-1,1) For a sample of 12023 firms, size of firm influenced abnormal returns of announcement of acquisition and it was found that small firms benefited with abnormal returns as compared to large firms in long run. It was also observed that mode of financing does not influence abnormal returns.
Conn and Cosh (2003) 1984-98 (0,3 years) In case of cross border acquisitions in high tech industries there were positive announcement returns and long term returns and for non-high tech firms there were negative post-acquisition returns.
Andre et al (2004) 1998-00 N.A. Decline in performance in the long run for both domestic and cross border acquisitions. The study had sample of 267 acquisitions done by 176 Canadian firms.
Schoenberg (2006) 1988-90 (-10, 10) Observed success rate of 50 % for acquisitions under four measures of post-acquisition performance Cumulative Abnormal returns(CAR), Managers Subjective Assessments, Experts informants subjective assessments, & Divestment Data. CAR of the acquiring firms was observed to be -0.02%.
Boateng et al (2008) 2000-04 (-20,20) CAR and Daily Abnormal Returns were value creating for the firms after acquisition announcement. In short run it was observed that sample firms had overall average positive CAR of 4.4274% (statistically significant at the 5 percent level).
Dutta and Jog (2009) 1993-02 (-1 year , 3 years) 1300 M&A events of Australian firms for the long run post-acquisition found inconsistent results with previous studies of negative abnormal returns for the acquirer firms. The study also argued that results of such studies may be a result of methodology adopted and techniques used. The study used both event time (Buy and Hold abnormal return) and a calendar-time approach (Fama and French 3 factor regression) and robustness test were also done for finding concrete results.
Kyriazis(2010) 1993-06 (0, 3 years) Average negative abnormal returns of 2% per month of the acquiring firms stocks over three years post-acquisition period. The study was based on 3-factor model given by Fama and French (1993).
Akben-selcuk & altiok (2011) 2003-07 (-5, 5) A sample of 62 turkish companies which were involved in m&a, found positive abnormal returns.
Indian Studies
Chakrabarti (2008) 2000-07 (-1,+1) and (0, 3 years) In the case of announcement or short run analysis, an increase in shareholders wealth of acquirer firms was observed (CAR was found 2.54%). “The long run post-acquisition returns were positive but they were value reducing as compared to their previous returns”.
Delios et al (2009) 1986-06 (-7,7) Majority of firms in sample had a positive CAR between 2% - 3% for their stocks after the acquisition announcement.
Kohli & mann
(2012)
1997-08 (-50,50) Announcement returns for Indian cross border and domestic m&as for sample of 202 cross border and 68 domestic acquisitions, and found they created value for shareholders’ in short run. Cross border acquisition announcements created more value comparatively. The factors which influenced the returns were that technology intensive sector firms outperformed non technology sector target firms.
Mallikarjunappa and Nayak (2013) 1998-07   A sample of 227 target companies and Abnormal Returns, Average Abnormal Returns and Cumulative Average Abnormal Returns were studied for 61 day window of announcement of M&A activity. It was found that shareholders’ of the target companies benefited with the M&A activity.
Table 2 :Literature Review
Author(s) Study Period Inference
Meeks (1977), (cited from Bruner 2002) 1964-72 Decline in profitability of acquiring firms in terms of ROA following five years of acquisition was found and two third of sample demonstrated lower performance as compared to industry standard
Mueller (1980), (cited from Bruner 2002) 1962-72 Post-acquisition profitability of sample firms was compared with pre acquisition profitability and no significant difference was observed. It was also found that non-acquiring firms performed better than their acquiring counterparts during the period of observation.
Ravenscraft and Scherer (1987), (cited from Bruner 2002) 1950-77 Observed significant negative relationship between operating ROA and tender offer activity. Firms with tender offer activity were found 3.1% less profitable than firms without activity.
Healy et al (1992), (cited from Bruner 2002) 1979-84 Asset productivity improved post-acquisition which improved operating cash flow in 50 sample firms of study as compared to their industry peers. Authors argued that operating cash flow improvement associated with announcement returns of stock on the merging firms.
Sharma & Ho (2002) 1986-99 For a sample of 36 Australian acquisitions, it was observed that post-acquisition performance did not significantly improve for the sample firms during the observation period. It was also found that mode of financing or type of acquisition (conglomerate and non-conglomerate) does not significantly affect measures of post-acquisition operating performance.
Bertrand and Betschinger (2012) 1999-08 Studied 120 acquisitions by Russian firms and found the acquiring firms’ profitability declined in both domestic and cross border acquisitions.
Oduro and Ageyi (2013) 1999-10 For sample of five firms involved in M&A activity, listed on Ghana Stock exchange experienced decreased profitability. The study observed that post-merger profitability (ROA and ROE) decreased as compared to pre-merger.
Bortoluzzo et al (2014) 1994-08 Firms which undertook cross border acquisitions gain financial synergies and improvement in financial performance. Companies experienced improved financial performance till third acquisition and then a decline in performance was observed.
Abbas et al (2014) 2006-11 Observed no significant change in performance of acquiring banks, for sample of 10 banks in Pakistan.
Ashfaq(2014) 2000-09 Relative performance of firms deteriorated (insignificantly) after M&A activity; also the absolute performance of firms deteriorated, for sample of 16 firms of non-financial sectors (textile, pharmaceutical, cement, automobile, electronics)
Inoti et al (2014) 2001-10 Observed no improvement in post-merger financial performance for a sample of 11 Kenyan listed firms.
INDIAN STUDIES
Pawaskar(2001) 1992-95 For a sample of 36 domestic acquisitions, It was found that post-merger profitability did not improve for the acquirer firms, but size of assets and financial synergies increased Comparing the performance of the firms involved in merger with a firm which was not involved in merger showed that if no merger had taken place, the post-merger period profitability would have improved.
Mantravadi and Reddy (2008) 1991-03 Firms from some industries (Banking & Finance, Pharmaceuticals) experienced improved performance post-merger and performance of firms of some industries declined (Agri-Products, Chemical, Electrical, Textile).
Ramakrishnan (2008) 1996-02 Financial performance of firms had improved as compared to the pre-merger period. The study also observed that pre-merger performance significantly influences post-merger performance.
Kumar (2009) 1999-02 For sample of 30 firms, found no improvement in post-merger performance of sample firms, although the study used ROCE, asset turnover ratio and solvency ratio for measuring post-merger profitability. All three measures show slight change in post-merger period but all the results were statistically insignificant.
Saboo and Gopi (2009) 2000-07 Sample firms improved financial performance in domestic case and a decline was observed in case of cross border acquisitions.
Mishra and Chandra (2010) 2001-08 For sample of 52 firms in pharmaceutical sector observed there is no significant effect of M&A on the profitability of firms.
Sinha and Gupta (2011) 1993-10 Analysed 80 cases of acquisitions and mergers in Indian Banking industry(both inbound and outbound), and found that liquidity of the firms decreased three years after merger and profitability was observed to increase in majority of cases.
Leepsa & Mishra(2012) 2001-10 Liquidity of acquirer firms was found to decline and profitability increased. In case of relatively large sized target firms’ performance declined. For large size firms, profitability and liquidity improved and for small size firms there was an increase in both but statistically insignificant.
Kohli (2013) 1997-08 Found a significant increase in profitability after acquisition on acquiring firms by comparing pre and post profitability ratios for sample of domestic M&A activity of 20 listed Indian firms.
Verma & Sharma (2014) 2002-08 For a sample of 59 Indian telecom industry acquisitions, the operating performance variables did not showed any improvement after the M&A.
Rani et al (2015) 2003-08 Observed an increase in financial performance of firms post M&A. The authors also analysed in terms of DuPont analysis and found higher profit is generated per unit net sales by the acquiring firms after the M&A. The higher profits (profit before interest and taxes and non-operating income) are generated primarily due to the better operating margins.
Tripathi and Lamba (2015) 1998-07 For a sample of 272 foreign M&As done by Indian list firms, concluded that profitability, liquidity and solvency declined after merger but the size of the acquiring firm is increased.

Combined Studies of Event Study and Accounting Return Analysis

Some of the researchers tried to analyse cross border deals using both Event Study and Accounting Return Analysis to get a better understanding of acquisition’s impact in short run and long run as well shows in table 4.

Table 3: Literature Review
Author(s) Year of Study Inference
Sirower and O’Byrne 1998 Linked stock market returns of acquisition announcements and found high correlation among stock market predictions and operating performance of acquiring firms. The authors developed a benchmark, which can be used to measure the effects of acquisition on acquirer firm’s improvement in EVA.
Leepsa 2015 York (2004) using EVA as performance measure found that the operating performance declines after the acquisition similar to the performance of other companies in the industry. Using the EVA measure, it is found that there is decline in performance by Indian firms going for cross border deals (Singh, et al., 2012).
Xiao & Tan 2009 EVA increased post-acquisition as compared to pre-merger and thus the firm’s performance can be stated to improve significantly in short term (when 2 and 3 years post M&A is compared with one year pre M&A i.e. 2001), but in long term i.e. 4 years after M&A the results were statistically insignificant.
Kan & Ohno 2012 Studied effects of merger on banking sector and found not all mergers resulted in improvement in EVA. It was also found that improvement comes gradually after merger not immediately. The authors found significant impact of merger after 5 years of activity. The period of study was 1989-2008.
Singh et al 2012 The cross border acquisitions made by Indian firms are value destroying.
Table 4 : Literature Review
Author(s) Year of Study Inference
Faktorovich 2008 Compared domestic and cross border deals done by US firms and found that cross border deals lag behind domestic ones in respect of profitability; 1 to 3 years post-acquisition. Also foreign deals performed below industry average in terms of profitability. For stock market returns analysis, author concluded that cross border deals outperformed domestic deal as far as five days returns of deal announcement is concerned, and the factors which resulted this were the size of both acquirer and target firms.
Chen and Lin 2009 Studied 42 cross border deals made by 31 Chinese firms and found only 50 % of the sample firms showed improved performance after acquisition. Event study methodology of same sample helped authors in concluding that the announcement of such deals resulted in positive abnormal returns to shareholders. A regression run for analysing possible variables which influence the CAR of firms was done, and a result it was observed, state owned firms negatively impacted as they lacked international experience. It was stated, “consistent with the findings by KPMG, acquirers with lower P/E ratio and of smaller market capitalization (size) tended to be more successful in these cross-border M&A deals, at 1% significance level. Acquiring companies with low P/Es might not be as tempting to engage in deals with higher risks since their stocks were undervalued in the market. Acquiring companies with high P/Es, which were more likely to have already overvalued stocks at the time of the deal, would have a more difficult time to further increase the value of their stocks after a transaction” (Chen &Lin 2009). It was observed that previous experience of acquirers also had a positive impact on returns of sample deals.
Akben-Seluck and Altiok 2011 Concluded, stock returns of announcement of deals were above industry average, and accounting returns study suggested that for acquirer companies in sample, post-acquisition performance declined as compared to pre-acquisition. Sample taken was of 62 Turkish companies which acquired various companies during 2003-2007.

Research Methodolgy

Data Sample

The impact of M&A depends on both internal and external environmental factors. Internal environmental factors involve resources and performance of acquiring firm, and external environmental factors include economic growth and degree of competition at home country, changes of political and cultural environment of host country etc Changqi & Ningling (2010). From the review of literature done in study, following research gaps were observed.

1) Not all the studies have exclusively studied cross border acquisitions made by Indian firms.

2) It is not certain that, the sample firms studied had not went for such any other inorganic activity viz. M&A or started any new venture or facility in any country in years following acquisition or any external environment factor viz. Changes in government policy, tax rates, foreign currency exchange rates to say a few have effected the firm’s performance. Therefore, it is not necessary that the increase or decline in profitability is solely due to the M&A activity studied.

Table 5
Deal Tracker Information
S.No. Acquirer Acquired Year of Acquisition Deal Size (US Million $)
1 HCL Technologies Limited Liberata Financial Services 2008 2
2 Mastek Technologies Vector Insurance 2007 9
3 MPhasis Technologies Princeton 2005 15
4 MPhasis Technologies Eldorado 2005 16.5
5 HCL Technologies Limited Control Point Systems 2008 21
6 Tata Consultancy Services Comicron 2006 23
7 Infosys Technologies Infosys Technologies 2003 24.9
8 NIIT Technologies Room Solutions 2007 25
9 3i Infotech J&B Software Inc 2007 25.25
10 Wipro Technologies American Management Systems 2002 26
11 Infosys Technologies P-Financial Services Holdings B.V 2008 28
12 Wipro Technologies mPower 2003 28
13 Mastek Ltd Systems Task Group 2008 29
14 Firstsource Technologies BPM 2007 30
15 Satyam Computers Bridge Strategy Group 2008 34.4
16 Mascon Global Ltd Ebusinessware Inc 2008 35
17 Hexaware Technologies FocusFrame 2006 35
18 HCL Technologies Ltd. CapitalStream 2008 39.5
19 Rolta India Ltd TUSC 2008 45
20 Quintegra Solutions PA Corporation 2007 49
21 Mascon Global Ltd Jass & Associates Inc & SDG Corporation 2008 55
22 Accentia Technologies GSR Physicians 2007 63
23 Accentia Technologies DenMed 2007 66
24 3i Infotech Regulus Group 2008 80
25 Tata Consultancy Services TKS- TeknoSoft 2007 80
26 HOV Services BPO Lason 2007 108
27 Subex Technologies Limited Azure 2007 140
28 Subex Azure Limited Syndesis Limited 2007 164.5
29 Firstsource Technologies MedAssist 2006 330
30 Wipro Technologies InfoCrossing 2007 600
31 HCL Technologies Limited Axon Group plc 2008 750
32 NIIT Technologies Softec GmBh 2008 N.A.

Thus this study attempts to find the impact of acquisition made by acquired firm on acquiring firm by looking into the contribution made by former on latter in terms of growth of Net Profit and whether the acquisition benefited the acquiring firm on profitability parameters viz., Net Profit Margin, ROA, ROE in long run i.e. 3 years post acquisition. For this purpose financial data of the acquiring companies is taken from the annual reports of relevant years using consolidated financial statements. All monetary figures are in Rupees Crore (1Crore=10 Million). The firms were shortlisted under two criteria:

1) Acquiring firm should be a public company listed in Indian Stock Exchanges, the reason for taking these firms are

a. Study is about OFDI from India

b. Public limited firms have the wherewithal to raise funds for acquisitions.

2) Acquisition should have been made during period of 2007 & 2008 or earlier but not before 2000, and not post 2008 because post 2008 deals will lead to insufficiency of data points.

Considering the above criteria, following deals were found, the source for information was Deal Tracker published by Grant Thornton India of relevant years.

Table 5
S.No. Acquirer Acquired Year ofAcquisition Deal Size (USMillion $)
1 HCL TechnologiesLimited Liberata Financial Services 2008 2
2 Mastek Technologies Vector Insurance 2007 9
3 MPhasis Technologies Princeton 2005 15
4 MPhasis Technologies Eldorado 2005 16.5
5 HCL TechnologiesLimited Control Point Systems 2008 21
6 Tata ConsultancyServices Comicron 2006 23
7 Infosys Technologies Expert Information Systems 2003 24.9
8 NIIT Technologies Room Solutions 2007 25
9 3i Infotech J&B Software Inc 2007 25.25
10 Tata ConsultancyServices Financial Network Services 2006 26
11 Wipro Technologies American Management Systems 2002 26
12 Infosys Technologies P-Financial Services HoldingsB.V 2008 28
13 Wipro Technologies mPower 2003 28
14 Mastek Ltd Systems Task Group 2008 29
15 FirstsourceTechnologies BPM 2007 30
16 Satyam Computers Bridge Strategy Group 2008 34.4
17 Mascon Global Ltd Ebusinessware Inc 2008 35
18 Hexaware Technologies FocusFrame 2006 35

Out of the shortlisted deals mentioned in Table 5, deals illustrated in Table 6 were considered for final sample because, in rest of the acquisitions identified the acquired companies were either merged into other subsidiary of acquiring company or were liquidated in short span of time (2 or 3 years), as a result data points were not available for analysis.

Table 6
S.No. Acquirer Acquired Year of Acquisition Deal Size (US Million $)
1 HCL Technologies Limited Liberata Financial Services 2008 2
2 MPhasis Limited Princeton 2005 15
3 HCL Technologies Limited Control Point Systems 2008 21
4 Tata Consultancy Services Comicron 2006 23
5 Infosys Technologies Expert Information Systems 2003 24.9
6 NIIT Technologies Room Solutions 2007 25
7 Tata Consultancy Services Financial Network Services 2006 26
8 Tata Consultancy Services TKS- TeknoSoft 2007 80
9 Subex Technologies Limited Azure 2007 140
10 Subex Azure Limited Syndesis Limited 2007 164.5
11 FirstSource Limited MedAssist 2006 330
12 HCL Technologies Limited Axon Group plc 2008 750
13 NIIT Technologies Softec GmBh 2008 N.A.

Out of the deals listed inTable 6, the final eight deals selected for publication purpose are illustrated in Table 7.

Table 7
S.no Acquirer Acquired Year of Acquisition Deal Size (in Million Dollars)
1 Tata Consultancy Services Comicron 2006 23
2 Tata Consultancy Services Financial Network Services 2006 26
3 Tata Consultancy Services TKS- TeknoSoft 2007 80
4 Infosys Technologies Expert Information Systems 2003 24.9
5 MPhasis Limited Princeton 2005 15
6 Subex Technologies Limited Azure 2007 140
7 Subex Azure Limited Syndesis Limited 2007 164.50
8 Firstsource Limited MedAssist 2006 330
Source: Dealtracker and Saxena & Sen (2013)
Table 8: Statistical results
Deal Dependent Variable Independent Variable(s) Unstandarized Coefficient Coefficient r R2 F- Stat D.W. Stat
Firstsource acquired MedAssist InvNewY NewX2 -.012 - 0.0000002394*** 0.814 0.663 5.906 2.888
MPhasis acquired Princeton NewY NewX 818.191 8.77E-13*** 0.746 0.557 5.027 1.261
Subex acquired Azure NewY NewX8, InvNewX8 -15510.695 3.792E-14** , 7.730E-20** 0.910 0.827 7.196 1.527
Subex Acquired Syndesis LognegNewY NewX 2.532 -0.004*** 0.391 0.153 0.543 1.539

For this part of paper the following deals are included-

1. MPhasis Limited acquired Princeton

2. Subex Technologies Limited acquired Azure

3. Subex Azure Limited acquired Syndesis Limited

4. Firstsource Limited acquired MedAssist

Along with this, this part includes Panel Data Analysis of all the eight deals.

Methodology

Methodology for this study consists of two measures for analysing the impact of acquired firm on acquiring firm. In the first part a statistical model is developed which attempts to find relationship between rates of Net Profit of acquired firms with the rate of change Net Profit of acquiring firm, and secondly Profitability analysis is done for analysing what are the repercussions of acquisition on the acquired firm post acquisition.

Statistical Model

For finding the contribution of acquired firm, firstly, this study attempts to find the relationship between rate of change of Net Profit of acquiring firm and acquired firm(s), by developing a model which establishes the relationship between parameters. For this purpose Ordinary Least Square (OLS) is used as Statistical tool. Software Packages SPSS 19 and eviews 7 were used. In the model, rate of change of Net Profit of acquiring firm is taken as Dependent Variable, starting from 2 years after acquisition till year 2014 and in some cases 2015, and rate of change of Net Profit of acquired firm is taken as Independent Variable. The reason for taking such parameters is, during the year of acquisition, firm may be in burden of heavy cash outflow or debt taken for purpose of conducting acquisition, so two years time is believed to be required for integrating the acquired firm completely. Another reason for taking Net Profit as a parameter is, it reflects the actual earnings made from investments made by any firm. Changqi & Ningling (2010), in their study used ROA as dependent variable to study the impact of cross border acquisition on firms and stated “The reason for using ROA of the two year after M & A is that, in the literature, it is generally accepted that mergers and acquisitions performance cannot be shown immediately until the second year after; costs typically increase in the year of mergers and acquisitions and the first year after it is an integration period when a lot of investments are still needed. So, roas in these two years are not good indicators.”

This study takes rate of change of Net Profit of acquiring and acquired firms as dependent and independent variables, which are derived as following

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Similarly for years following acquisition variables are derived till 2014, for instance

image is Net Profit growth after 3 years of acquisition and so on.

1) Since the availability of data points were limited, the variables were Detrended only. Detrending was achieved by Polynomial fit through MS-Excel. Levin & Rubin (1997).

2) Further transformation of the variables was undertaken separately for each deal to achieve best fit model under OLS. Transformation of Dependent and Independent variables is based on the requirement of statistical results and according to it variables are transformed as NewX2, LnNewX, NewY, LnNewY etc. Durbin Watson Statistic must be in zone of no auto correlation or inconclusive Inconclusive (DW= 1.08 -1.36), No Auto Correlation (DW= 1.36-2.64) Bajpai (2010).

3) The significance of OLS being less than 10% preferably less than 5%.

4) Unstandardised coefficient with more than or 95% confidence not to range from positive to negative.

5) Panel data are cross-sectional and time-series. There are multiple entities, each of which has repeated measurements at different time periods. Panel data may have group effects, time effects, or the both, which are analyzed by fixed effect and random effect models, depending upon availability of data points. Panel data models examine fixed and/or random effects of entity or time. The main difference between fixed and random effect models lies in the role of dummy variables. If dummies are considered as a part of the intercept, this is a fixed effect model. In a random effect model, the dummies act as an error term. OLS regressions with dummies are fixed effect models.

Profitability Analysis

For the profitability analysis, this study first looks into the contribution of acquired company in terms of revenues generated through it, as it reflects how much share does the acquired company has in the revenues of acquiring company. Further, this study looked in the contribution made by acquired firm, at the segmental level of the acquiring firm.

From the profitability point of view, how much the acquisition has impacted the acquiring firm, taking revenues only in consideration, is insufficient, so, ratio analysis of the acquiring firm has been done. Some international studies, Sharma & Ho (2002), Bertrand and Betschinger 2012, Oduro and Ageyi (2013), Bortoluzzo et al., (2014) etc.., studied pre and post-merger profitability. In Indian context Mantravadi and Reddy (2008), Ramakrishnan (2008), Saboo and Gopi (2009) etc.., studied pre and post M&A profitability for acquiring companies. The above studies have compared pre and post M&A ratios for analysing the impact of M&A. This study looks in profitability measures for acquiring firms 2 years before the acquisition and 3 years post acquisition period, to assess the impact of M&A in long run and also calculates CAGR of the ratios from year of acquisition to 3 years post M&A. This study uses only absolute financial data for analysis, derived from annual reports of companies under study.

For measuring overall profitability, return on equity (roe) is taken as tool, which is universally accepted ratio for measuring profitability. Roe reflects how well the returns are generated on the shareholders’ money. For looking more into profitability roe is decomposed using dupont analysis. Dupont analysis breaks roe into return on assets (roa), net profit margin, asset turnover and financial leverage, this technique was introduced by du pont corporation. Using dupont analysis it is possible to get a clearer picture of post m&as profitability, i.e. whether profit margin, asset turnover or equity multiplier has been improved or deteriorated post m&a. This study uses absolute values of components used in analysis. For assets, this study uses gross block of assets given in balance sheets of relevant acquiring companies retrieved from annual reports of companies of relevant years palepu & healy (2014).

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ROA, tells how the company has utilised its assets in generation of profits, as with acquisition there is certainly an increase in assets of acquiring firm, Financial Leverage on the other hand depicts, the usage of each rupee generated on account of shareholder’s investment.
The ROA can further decomposed as

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Net Profit Margin, Asset Turnover, ROA, Equity Multiplier and ROE of the acquiring companies depicts the impact of M&A post acquisition, as because of which factor the performance of acquiring company improved or deteriorated.

Results and Discussion

In this section, overall results of statistical analysis and profitability analysis of all the deals are presented, as shown in table 8; statistical model highlights of all deals studied are presented.

Firstsource Acquired Medassist

Statistical analysis shows an association between the rate of change of net profit of parent company and of the acquired company, the best fit model equation came out as

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InvNewY is Inverse of NewY (detrended values of OldY (rate of change of net profit of acquiring company; Firstsource) and NewX2 is square of New X (rate of change of net profit of acquired company; MedAssist), which detrended values of NewX.

Differentiating the above equation we get

Δ InvNewY= -0.0000004788NewX,

It is visible that the change in rate of change of net profit of MedAsssist has a negligible impact on growth of the parent company.

It can be inferred that statistically there is no direct influence on the rate of change of net profit of Firstsource Solutions, by rate of change of net profit of acquired MedAssist Holdings.

Mphasis Acquired Princeton

Durbin Watson stat value is 1.261, which indicates in-conclusive auto-correlation, the rate of change of Net Profit of MPhasiS is found influenced by a negligible factor of rate of change of Net Profit of Princeton, thus there it can be inferred that there is negligible impact on growth of acquiring company by growth of acquired firm.

Subex Acquired Azure

On account of statistical analysis, it was observed that there is not any significant relationship between the growth of parent’s growth and acquired entity’s growth.

A one unit change in NewX (detrended rate of change of net profit of Subex (UK)), results in a change in opposite direction in rate of NewY (detrended relative change in profits of Subex Azure).

Based on above predictor, it can be inferred that the rate of change of net profit of Azure (UK), has no impact on the rate of change of net profit Subex Azure Ltd. The same is supported by balance sheet and P&L analysis of company’s annual reports.

Subex Acquired Syndesis

Regression analysis in this case fails to give any best fit model as the value of Independent variable (NewX) fluctuates from negative to positive integer values (-.020 -.013) the only statistical result of importance is Karl Person’s coefficient r = 0.391. However the model equation is given as follows:-

Logneg NewY= 2.532-0.004 NewX

As per the table 9, the standard coefficient is -0.391, converted in real terms it came out 0.4063≈ 0.41, and coefficient of independent variable (-0.004) when converted in real terms (taking anti log) depicts that 1% change in rate of change of net profit of acquired company causes a change of 0.990832 unit in rate of change of net profit of acquiring company in a negative direction (10-0.004≈ 0.990832) i.e. In dependent variable. The negative sign of the coefficient of independent variable indicates the negative relationship with the dependent variable, i.e. both the variables moves in opposite directions. Even if the coefficient of independent variable is assumed to be zero, then also the acquiring company would have made net profit growth of almost 0.41 units (log 2.532= 0.4034637013).

Following section describes the profitability analysis part of the study, in which acquiring firms’ profitability returns in terms of revenue generation and changes in profitability measures three years post acquisition are compared with two years prior acquisition is done.

Table 9

FIRST SOURCE
2006 4.42 96.72 4.28 131.21 5.61
2007 11.83 64.36 7.61 118.99 9.06
2008 10.52 62.07 6.53 270.10 17.64
2009 1.76 63.05 1.11 201.49 2.23
2010 6.99 70.10 4.90 195.68 9.58
2011 6.98 68.83 4.80 205.37 9.87
  MPHASIS
2006 15.94 141.52 22.56 101.70 22.94
2007 10.23 174.09 17.81 100.95 17.98
2008 10.54 208.43 21.96 101.02 22.18
2009 21.31 181.53 38.69 100.18 38.76
2010 21.66 150.58 32.61 101.40 33.07
  SUBEX
2005 2.208 7.52 16.59 124.90 20.73
2006 0.209 99.43 20.74 100.76 20.90
2007 0.198 20.23 4.01 200.42 8.04
2008 -0.140 28.89 -4.05 222.96 -9.03
2009 -0.337 35.12 -11.84 317.57 -37.62
2010 0.238 50.24 11.98 320.58 38.40

Profitability Analysis

For the profitability analysis, this study first looks into the contribution of acquired company in terms of revenues generated through it, as it reflects company has in the revenues of acquiring company. Further, this study looked in the contribution made by acquired firm, at the segmental level of the acquiring firm.

Table-10 reflects how much share does the acquired company (MedAssist) has in the revenues of Firstsource. As it is visible that MedAssist had fairly high contribution in total revenues of FirstSource except in the year of acquisition. This may be because of better utilisation of MedAssist resources by FirstSource.

Table 10
Year Revenue(FirstSource) Revenue(MedAssist) Percentage
2008 1333.72 28.9 2.17
2009 1779.19 551.33 30.99
2010* 1991.8 0 0.00
2011 2069.5 691.7 33.42
2012 2261.1 730 32.29
2013 2864.93 822.38 28.71
2014 3107.88 939.2 30.22
Source-Annual Reports

Further, Table-11 gives, the contribution made by acquired firm, at the segmental level of the Firstsource.

Table 11
Year Segment  Revenue (Healthcare) Revenue(MedAssist) Percentage
2008 369.14 28.9 7.83
2009 698.82 551.33 78.89
2010 732.18 0 0.00
2011 718.36 691.7 96.29
2012 772.29 730 94.52
2013 900.72 822.38 91.30
2014 1016.49 939.2 92.40
Source- Annual Reports All figures in Rs. Cr. * for year 2010, annual report was not available.

Table -12 illustrates the percentage of revenue of Princeton in consolidated revenies of MPhasisS, Table-13 shows that, MPhasiS Consulting Ltd, i.e. the acquired company was not observed as major contributor in consolidated revenues of MPhasiS nor in the Application Services segment of MPhasiS. However Application Services segment may include revenue of various other subsidiaries of acquiring company. From segmental point of view also, the acquired company had a small share in the total revenues of segment as it can illustrated in Table-13

Table 12      
Year Revenue(Princeton) Revenue(MPhasiS) Percentage
2007 51.11 1760.81 2.90
2008 59.5 2423.07 2.46
2009 43.73 4263.88 1.03
2010 46.55 5036.17 0.92
2011 31.05 5097.96 0.61
2012 28.8 5525.35 0.52
2013 23.91 5936.77 0.40
2014* 9.47 2646.03 0.36
Source- Annual Reports
Table 13
  Year Segment Revenue(Application Services)   Revenue(Princeton) Percentage of Revenue
2007 1200.51 51.11 4.26
2008 1581.11 59.5 3.76
2009 2732.57 43.73 1.60
2010 3349.65 46.55 1.39

Information derived from annual reports of the acquiring company indicates that Azure (acquired company) was a major contributor in the total revenues of Subex Ltd. and therefore it can be interpreted that acquisition of Azure Solutions Ltd. certainly enabled Subex to expand its business and increasing its client base.

Table 14
Year Total Revenue (Subex Azure ) Total Revenue (Subex (UK) Percentage
2007 3710.92 1415.88 38.15
2008 5408.9 1521.27 28.13
2009 6034.8 3113.66 51.60
2010 4630.78 2892.44 62.46
2011 4925.92 3217.75 65.32
2012 4887.9 3809.53 77.94
2013 3314.71 3215.2 97.00
2014 3444.92 3238.087 94.00

Source- Annual Reports

Subex (UK), was a major contributor in segment of telecom products of Subex Azure Ltd, as observed from the annual reports of the company shows in table 15. The acquiring company reported its segment information in two categories of “Products” and “Services”. The operations of Subex (UK) falls into “Products” segment of the parent company which includes various Telecom software products.

Table 15
Year Revenue(Azure) Segment Revenue (Tele Products) Percentage
2007 141.85 228.77 62.01
2008 152.12 361.85 42.04
2009 160.6 438.49 36.63
2010 289.3 382.95 75.55
2011 321.77 418.18 76.95
2012 381 429.5 88.71
2013 312.52 307.34 101.69
2014 323.8 340.05 95.22
Source- Annual Reports

It is observed that despite making more than 50% of the total consolidated revenues of the parent company the profit of the year for Subex (UK), was very less in comparison of total revenue generated by Subex (UK), this perhaps may be due to high operating costs incurred.

With acquisition of Syndesis, management of Subex Azure was looking forward for expansion of its growth in area of telecom software domain, but the figures from annual reports showed a different picture. However the share of acquired company was noticeable in the consolidated revenues of acquiring company but, due to high operational costs the former always incurred a loss till 2013 shows in table 16.

Table 16
Year Revenue(Syndesis) Revenue(Subex) Percentage
2008 152.576 485.5 31.43
2009 148.16 558.48 26.53
2010 98.47 463.07 21.26
2011 120.54 482.75 24.97
2012 91.19 477.82 19.08
2013 27.28 331.47 8.23
2014 28.12 340.05 8.27
source - Annual Reports
  Table 17 
Year Revenue(Syndesis) Segment Revenue (Telecom Products) Percentage
2008 152.576 361.85 42.17
2009 148.16 438.49 33.79
2010 98.47 382.95 25.71
2011 120.54 418.18 28.82
2012 91.19 429.5 21.23
2013 27.28 307.34 8.88
2014 28.12 340.05 8.27

Source- Annual Reports

The overall impact of the acquisitions made by the firms are observed in the view of change in profitability measures three years post acquisition as compared to two years prior acquisition keeping the year of acquisition as base year. The following section describes the results for every acquiring firm and explained in Table 17.

Firstsource

After 2008, in which the acquisition was made, there was a constant reduction in all parameters of profitability. In 2009, specifically, there is a drastic decrease in Net Profit Margin, ROA and ROE, which, perhaps was a result of global recession as major clients of Firstsource were USA based. But in subsequent years also, reduction in all profitability measures is observed in (13% in Net Profit Margin, 9.83% in ROA and 17.6% in ROE). Firstsource was unable to utilise its assets to generate Net Income, which reflects inefficient use of assets, Net profit margin is also observed declining as compared to year of acquisition and one year before acquisition but higher than 2 years before acquisition. ROE is also reduced post acquisition, on account of reduction in ROA and Financial leverage.

MPhasiS

From the results obtained in statistical analysis and observations made from annual reports of MPhasiS it can be concluded that MPhasiS Consulting Ltd. (formerly Princeton) the acquired company did not influence the acquiring company’s profitability. However MPhasiS did not lose anything by acquiring Princeton because it was able to enter into new geographic market. From financial profitability point of view it was not beneficial for MPhasiS to acquire Princeton as the total profit generated by Princeton was nearly Rs. 15 Crore and the cost of acquisition of which was Rs 64 Crore. The overall profitability of MPhasiS improved one year post acquisition. The ROA and ROE increased by 22 % and Net Profit Margin increased by 28% three years after acquisition. But it is also notable that along with acquisition of Princeton, MPhasiS in the same year also acquired Eldorado Computing Inc., USA for nearly $ 17 Million and Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) acquired majority stake in MPhasiS and EDS India (subsidiary of Electronic Data Systems Corporation) was merged with MPhasiS. The acquisition of MPhasiS by EDS and MPhasiS acquiring Princeton and Eldorado enabled both companies to expand their presence globally.

Subex

From the years of acquisition (2007 and 2008) of Azure and Syndesis, continuous decline in profit of the acquiring company is observed. The operating costs of Subex Azure had gone higher throughout the years post acquisition which reflects inefficiency in operations. This is supported by observing Net Profit Margin, ROA and ROE, which went negative continuously for 2 years post acquisition (-0.140, -0.337; -4.05, -11.84; -9.03, -37.62; respectively) but both of these parameters were found positive 2 two years prior acquisitions. But three years post acquisition all the parameters turned positive. It means post acquisition Subex Azure was not able to handle the operations and the debt taken to finance these acquisitions especially of Syndesis.

Panel Data Analysis

To study the combined effect of acquisition deal on rate of change of net profit of acquirer (dependent variable, NewY), by rate of change of net profit of acquired firm (independent variable, NewX), along with some other aspects which came with the acquisition of subsidiary to the parent company, panel data was constructed which included dummy variables which were recognised to be earned by the acquirer companies from the acquired companies (subsidiaries after acquisition). The dummy variables introduced in panel data were shortlisted as the additional benefits which the acquirers expect to gain post acquisition (annual reports of various companies) apart from assets and employees are-

1. Acquisition of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)

2. Entry in new geographic area/new markets

3. Entry in new business segment/ vertical

In the model, G means entry in new geographic area/new markets and N means entry in new business segment/ vertical.

Cameron and Trivedi (2009) gave explanation for using dummy variables in pooled model as follows.

A linear model for panel data permits the intercepts and slop coefficients to vary over both individual and time time, shown in Table 18.

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Here, yit is dependent variable, and xit is a Kx1vector of independent variables, εit is error term. This model is too general and it is not estimable as there are more parameters to estimate than observations. Further restrictions need to be placed on the context to which ait and bit vary with i and t, and on the behaviour of error term.

Table 18
Estimator of b Pooled Assumed ModelRandom Effects Fixed Effects
Pooled OLS Consistent Consistent Inconsistent
Fixed Effects Consistent Consistent Consistent
Random Effects Consistent Consistent Inconsistent
 

Pooled Model

The most restrictive model is pooled model that specifies constant coefficients, the usual assumption for cross-section analysis, so that

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If this model is correctly specified and regressors are uncorrelated with error term then it can be consistently estimated using Pooled OLS. The error term is likely to be correlated over time for a given individual, however in which case the usual reported standard errors should not be used as they can be greatly downward biased. Furthermore, the pooled estimator is inconsistent if the fixed effects model, defined in the following is appropriate.

Individual and Time Dummies

A simple variant of the model (1) permits intercepts to vary across individuals and over time while slope parameters do not. Thenimage

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where the N individual dummies, dj, it equal one if i = j and equal zero otherwise, the (T-1) time dummies ds, it equal one if t=s and equal zero otherwise, and it is assumed that xit does not include and intercept ( if an intercept is included then one of the N individual dummies must be dropped). This model has N+ (T-1) +dim [x] parameters that can be consistently estimated if both N→∞ and T→∞. We focus on short panels where N→∞ but T does not. Then μs can be consistently estimated, so the (T-1) time dummies are simply incorporated into regressors xit.

The panel data was analysed using pooled regression method and following results are obtained in Table 19:

The model equation came out to be

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Table 19 : Model Summary
Model R R Square Adjusted R Square Std. Error of the Estimate Change Statistics
R Square Change F Change df1
1 .887a .786 .772 255.05005438 .786 53.930 3
Table 20: Model Summary
  Change Statistics
Model df2 Sig. F Change  
1 44 .000 2.106
Source- Author’s Analysis
Table 21: Coefficients
  Unstandardized Coefficients Standardized Coefficients
  Model B Std. Error Beta T Sig.
1 (Constant) 673.393 93.941   7.168 .000
  NewX 9.983E-14 .000 .404 5.349 .000
  G -708.459 95.584 -.632 -7.412 .000
  N -729.492 94.552 -.640 -7.715 .000

The dependent variable was found significantly correlated with independent variable, but one unit change in NewX has a negligible effect on NewY, the factors Entry in new geographical area and Entry in new business segment does not significantly influence NewY [T Stat( -7.412, -7.715)]. The results of Panel Data Analysis, coincides with the results obtained in Statistical Analysis of individual deals given in Table 20. The result also suggests that the factors for which Indian IT firms internationalized (entry in new markets and entry in new verticals), does not influence positively the growth of the acquiring firms and shown clearly in Table 21. This argument is supported by looking into the profitability measures in the study, which suggests that the acquiring firms’ profitability had been deteriorated post acquisition in medium to long run.

Following points are also noteworthy:

1. Subex Azure 2009 data was an outlier (at least in dependent variable) and hence was removed.

2. IPR as a dummy variable showed low confidence and was not considered. In regression

3. Newx and Newy in pooled data exhibit normal distribution.

Discussion

In contrast to previous studies, this study has proposed ‘deal based’ study of cross border acquisitions to study the impact of acquisitions on the acquiring firms. Unlike previous studies, in which the impact of acquisitions were analysed by measuring the post-acquisition profitability of acquiring firms in short or long term by considering the growth or decline in firm’s performance only as a result of M&A activity ignoring the fact that any change in firm’s profitability is not solely dependent on M&A activity but a number of external and internal factors influences any firm’s performance. Several studies suggested role of various factors in acquiring firms’ profitability, some of the studies are; Datta (1991) studied a sample of 191 acquisitions of more than $1 million of U.S. manufacturing and mining sectors during the period January 1980-March 1984 concluded that difference in management styles influence acquisition performance. Higgs (1999) argued that reasons for success can be present in either Product/market relatedness or strategic similarity between a firm’s business units. It was observed that greater the degree of strategic similarity among business units, the better is the performance. Author’s sample consisted of 1,100 firms which had indulged in M&A activities between 1970 and 1989. Ahammad & Glaister (2013) concluded pre-acquisition analysis of acquired firms also influences the acquisition performance and a thorough analysis conducted prior to acquisition improves performance of acquiring firm. Clelland et al (2006) studied 250 corporations with 1762 manufacturing facilities with regard to attaining competitive advantage through resource based view. It was observed that for value creation in a competitive environment that acquisition of external strategic assets could either result in a cost advantage or a differentiation advantage relative to competitors. McCrea and Betts (2008) in continuation of development of competitive advantage work/research explored the concept of corporate entrepreneurship in light of threat coming in through M&A s in particular with regard to new product development. Lack of corporate entrepreneurship culture as a matter of strategic tool can significantly result in loss of competitive advantage. Indian companies, though initiated by entrepreneurs but corporate entrepreneurship as a culture is a missing element. This can in global context is a negative factor Capron & Chen (2007) outlined that the ownership of acquired firm also influence acquiring firm’s performance. One of the conclusions is that private acquiring firms get better results when they acquire public firms and acquiring firms being public firms get benefit from acquiring private firms. The study had a sample of 101 firms out of which fifty two were publicly held and forty were private and remaining nine ignored as they were state owned. This study therefore attempted to find the significant relationship between the acquiring and acquired firms’ financial performance to conclude whether the acquisition activity undertaken by a firm actually contributes to profitability.

Limitations and Directions of Future Research

M&A activity is not merely a financial decision rather it is a strategic decision which reflects long term vision of acquiring firm. Porter’s Diamond model is often used for successful internationalisation of firms. Factor conditions, Government and Strategy have major factors in growth of cross border acquisitions by Indian IT industry firms. Acquisitions, especially cross border are more complex in nature and bear more complexities in integrating acquired firms as compared to domestic M&As; therefore the post-acquisition profitability analysis becomes more complex. This study attempted to find the impact of individual acquired firms and thus proposed a methodology in which direct relationship between the acquiring firm and acquired firm is observed. However, the limitations of this study are it uses only financial parameters for analysis. Role of regulators and Foreign Institutions are also left out because these are relatively recent events in Indian corporate sector.

The acquisition of firm must be thought in terms of both strategic and organizational fit as quoted by Jemison and Sitkin (1986). The future studies can include some more parameters such as Human Resource aspects, such as attrition rate in both acquiring and acquired firms’ pre and post-acquisition may influence the acquisition performance. As it was empirically tested by Datta (1991) that difference in management styles influence acquisition performance and coordination at top management level also influence the post-acquisition performance as found by Krishnan et al (1997). Thus it can be important factor which may influence the post-acquisition profitability.

The acquiring firm’s pre acquisition performance may also influence the post-acquisition performance as argued by Nnandi (2014) that acquiring firm’s capital strength and cost efficiency were most important factors influencing profitability in cross-border mergers. It must be noted that the acquiring firm’s capability to integrate the acquired firm also influences the post-acquisition profitability in case of cross border acquisitions. An important point raised by Hahn and Powers (2010) in a study of M&A s in banking sector in USA was that mixing of cost leadership strategies with product differentiation left those banks with depressed ROAs. This is an important point, which is in resonance with overall observations from the research done on M&A s activities by Indian IT companies.As it was founded in this study; Subex Azure was not able to handle the operations post acquisition, especially in acquisition of Syndesis.

Experience in acquisitions of acquiring firm had been a factor which was found influencing the post-acquisition profitability. Fowler and Scmidt (1989), found age of acquiring firm important in post-acquisition success but it must be noted that consistent findings for this factor does not exist King et al (2004). Zollo and Singh (2004) found knowledge codification strongly and positively influences acquisition performance, rather than acquisition experience. It was also argued that level of integration was found significant post-merger performance but replacement in top management in the acquired firm negatively impacts performance, ceteris paribus. Perhaps, the age of acquired firm must also be considered in analysing the post-acquisition profitability as the firms being acquired must have achieved various economies of scale with time, which can influence the acquiring firm’s profitability post acquisition. King et al (2004) concluded that most commonly studied factors in M&A researches (Conglomerate acquisitions, related acquisitions, mode of payment and prior acquisition experience) do not impact post acquisition performance.

Moreover, it must be noted that from the above discussion, it appears that it will not be advisable to conclude that changes in acquiring firm’s performance is solely dependent on M&A activity as many factors influence the profitability of firm. A firm undergoes M&A for attaining inorganic growth; thus for analysing post acquisition performance strategic factors along with the organisational factors must be included in the approach. As this study tried to find direct impact of the acquired firm on the acquiring firm attempts must be made to study direct impact of acquired firms with including more of the strategic and organisational factors.

Conclusion

This study attempted to assess the impact of the cross border acquisitions on the acquiring Indian IT firms, through finding out, if the change in net income growth of them is influenced by the change in net income growth of acquired firm(s) and measuring the profitability measures changed post acquisition. For the sample firms it can be concluded that the acquired firms did not contribute in the growth of the acquiring companies because the statistical results suggest, negligible effect of rate of change of net profit of acquired firm on rate of change of net profit of acquiring firm. The main reason for these firms to internationalise was to acquire strategic assets including, IP assets, technical know-how, new market areas. Thus the main motive of the firms was not to gauge profits out of them rather was to expand their outreach at the global level in terms of geography and working verticals. So Indian IT firms used the revenues generated from the acquired firms to expand internally in gaining expertise in software verticals and increasing market penetration. For example, one year after the acquisition TCS opened its solution centre in Ecuador, named Tata Solution Centre, Ecuador fthrough its subsidiaries, TCS BPO Chile S.A (previously Comicrom) and TCS Inversiones Chile Limitada. The new facility was setup to provide services in banking sector of Latin America and China as, TCS got new projects in the regions. Infosys after acquiring Expert Information Systems, got support of acquired firm in designing and building business solutions for existing clients and the acquired firm was dissolved in 2013 after receiving the dividend. In case of Firstsource, MedAssist was acquired as strategic move to create long term value by entering in Revenue Cycle Management Services vertical in which MedAssist was a leading provider. In case of MPhasiS, Princeton enabled it to enter into new market segments and acquire new clients. Subex on the other hand acquired Azure Solutions with a strategy of entering in new segment of Interconnect Billing and entering into Service Fulfilment by acquiring Syndesis. The study’s results show that TCS, Firstsource and Subex were not able to fully utilize the strategic resources which they acquired along with the companies in terms of reduced Net Profit Margin, ROA and ROE with exceptions being Infosys and MPhasiS, although the revenues and Net profits increased for all the acquiring firms in long term. Overall, it can be inferred that the acquired firms are not the driving force of growth for Indian IT sector firms which made overseas acquisitions. However the acquiring firms were able to expand their global presence and client base.

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