HCL banks big on acquisitions
India's IT giant HCL Technologies is reportedly eyeing massive acquisitions to drive the company's growth. Pitched to be the fourth largest tech company in India, the company is focusing on gaining traction in areas such as engineering and research and development. Apart from the recent spurt of revamping digital technologies, the company is exploring acquisitions of small capability-led companies.
HCL Technologies is one of India's biggest IT services providers, with its headquarters in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The company started off as a research division for engineering, before venturing out to provide software services. Now spanning across 34 countries, the company is led by Shiv Nadar. With a market capitalization of around $22 billion, the company has generated revenues of $6 billion last year.
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Indian IT company HCL Technologies said it had acquired American engineering and consulting company, Butler America Aerospace. In a press release yesterday, the IT solutions provider said the deal amounted to $85 million. With Butler's massive exposure to the defence and aerospace sector, the deal is expected to strengthen HCL's position in this sector. The deal is expected to be closed by the year-end.
Expansion through acquisitions
"So, wherever there are niche providers, which is adding to our strategy or helping us further our strategy, we will be very open, we announced Geometric, we announced Butler. Potentially, we could be looking at others as well," said C Vijayakumar, CEO of HCL Technologies.