DUBAI: Abu Dhabi conglomerate International Holding Co. expects to increase its takeover activity, including in India and Turkey, as global market turbulence has created “a buyers’ market,” its chief executive told Reuters on Wednesday.
IHC, the most valuable company on the Abu Dhabi bourse with a market capitalization of around $167 billion, is aiming for publicly-listed companies in growth markets, Syed Basar Shueb said, adding that it was also looking in South America and Indonesia.
“The public domain market has really corrected itself in some of the assets,” he said.
“But in the private domain, it is still difficult to negotiate with the owners because they all are still living in a year-old world where the valuations were extremely high. It’s not a sellers’ market, it’s a buyers’ market now.”
IHC, which straddles sectors from healthcare to real estate to IT and utilities, made 70 acquisitions at a total value of 10 billion dirhams ($2.72 billion) this year.
Its highest profile deals include a 7.3 billion-dirham investment in three of India’s Gautam Adani companies in May this year.
Rising interest rates and predictions of a global downturn have made IHC more selective as valuations in private markets do not reflect current market conditions, Shueb said.
The company on Monday reported a 137 percent year-on-year increase in net profit for the first half of the year to 10.35 billion dirhams.
IHC’s stock has risen over 120 percent so far this year to trade at 348 dirhams a share.
The company is chaired by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE’s national security adviser.