The KPIT-Birlasoft transaction could create a path for smaller Indian IT companies that have struggled to attract investment and carve niches in the increasingly competitive market. KPIT and Birlasoft will merge to create a $700 million combined firm, which will then split into a $500 million enterprise digital IT company and a $200 million automotive engineering R&D company.
“This transaction is a classic case of what mid-sized IT companies will have to do to stay relevant. It is not without risk. There will be a year of transition in which they will have to manage investors, customers and employees. It is a bold move but a good one,” Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief analyst and CEO at Greyhound Research, said.
“We talk to a number of mid-sized players and all of them are looking at transforming business. With the changes in the industry, the impact on margins has been brutal. But this is a complex structure. And if you can take the private-equity route, that is easier,” Gogia said.
Gogia concurred that the deal structure would be harder to accomplish if the companies did not have strong backing from the founders.
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