When a company invests in another company in a foreign land, the investment is said to be a foreign direct investment (FDI). The FDIs are further categorised into four types. Read on to find out what they are.

The investment market is an enormous space. Individual investors and large companies can invest in companies within their countries as well as overseas. When one company invests in a business in another company in a foreign land, the investment is deemed as foreign direct investment or FDI. There are four different types of foreign direct investments. They are as under:

Here are the different types of foreign investments

1. Horizontal FDI

The most common type of FDI is Horizontal FDI, which primarily revolves around investing funds in a foreign company belonging to the same industry as that owned or operated by the FDI investor. Here, a company invests in another company located in a different country, wherein both the companies are producing similar goods. For example, the Spain-based company Zara may invest in or purchase the Indian company Fab India, which also produces similar products as Zara does. Since both the companies belong to the same industry of merchandise and apparel, the FDI is classified as horizontal FDI.

2. Vertical FDI

Vertical FDI is another type of foreign investment. A vertical FDI occurs when an investment is made within a typical supply chain in a company, which may or may not necessarily belong to the same industry. As such, when vertical FDI happens, a business invests in an overseas firm which may supply or sell products. Vertical FDIs are further categorised as backward vertical integrations and forward vertical integrations. For instance, the Swiss Coffee producer Nescafe may invest in coffee plantations in countries such as Brazil, Columbia, Vietnam, etc. Since the investing firm purchases, a supplier in the supply chain, this type of FDI is known as backward vertical integration. Conversely, forward vertical integration is said to occur when a company invests in another foreign company which is ranked higher in the supply chain, for instance, a coffee company in India may wish to invest in a French grocery brand.

3. Conglomerate FDI

When investments are made in two completely different companies of entirely different industries, the transaction is known as conglomerate FDI. As such, the FDI is not linked directly to the investors business. For instance, the US retailer Walmart may invest in TATA Motors, the Indian automobile manufacturer.

Types of FDI

4. Platform FDI

The last types of foreign direct investment is platform FDI. In the case of platform FDI, a business expands into a foreign country, but the products manufactured are exported to another, third country. For instance, the French perfume brand Chanel set up a manufacturing plant in the USA and export products to other countries in America, Asia, and other parts of Europe.

If you intend to invest via FDI, you must know about the different types of FDI with examples. With FDI, the money invested can be used to start a new business in a foreign country or to invest in an already existing business in a foreign country. For more information on FDIs, consult Angel One advisors.