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2019 Cybersecurity Sector Briefing

2019 Cybersecurity Sector Briefing

01 Sep 2019

Cybersecurity is a highly dynamic and rapidly evolving growth industry which Gartner predicts to exceed $170bn by 2022 (11% CAGR). Secular trends and an increased risk awareness are driving the demand for new technology, creating a hotbed for B2B cybersecurity innovation. New players are emerging at a fast rate, spurred by a large amount of available private capital; whilst challenged legacy technology vendors are paying premium prices to acquire tomorrow’s technology leaders to foster their innovation pipelines.

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2019 Global Technology M&A Mid Year Review

2019 Global Technology M&A Mid Year Review

15 Jul 2019

The Year of The Pig is turning out to be a bit of a snorter with strong equity markets driving up M&A activity, particularly in the UK. Some valuations are eye-popping, with FNIS, RELX, SAP, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, OpenText, Workday, Adobe, IBM, Temenos, Docusign, Twilio and Salesforce all having paid more than 10x revenues for recent acquisitions. Buyers seem to be pigging out on a wave of cheap money. 

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2018 Global Technology M&A Review

2018 Global Technology M&A Review

17 Jan 2019

Overall volumes may be slightly down but valuations remain high, with Microsoft, Google, Cisco, OpenText, Workday, RELX, SAP, Adobe, IBM, Temenos, Docusign, Salesforce and PayPal all having paid more than 10x revenues for recent acquisitions.

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Speciality Materials - M&A Review and Valuation

Speciality Materials - M&A Review and Valuation

04 Oct 2018

Increasing M&A activity by trade acquirers and financial sponsors has created a very favourable environment for sellers across the speciality materials sector. Additionally, carbon composite M&A continues to grow with 5 strong quarters in 2017 and 2018, due to some highly significant industry deals, robust growth rates, substantial value propositions and sustainable margins remained attractive incentives for strategic buyers and financial investors.

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2018 Mid Year M&A Review

2018 Mid Year M&A Review

19 Jul 2018

Technology M&A deal volumes in the UK were up 12% in the first half as a wave of overseas acquirers continues to drive the market. The bull market shows no sign of slowing down. Some of the exit valuations have been spectacular. It's clearly a great time to own a technology company.

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2017 Global Technology M&A Review

2017 Global Technology M&A Review

12 Jan 2018

2017 was another excellent year for Technology companies. While the number of M&A deals fell 8% globally, the valuations remained at near record levels and in UK we saw a record number of overseas acquirers, with 41% of deals being cross border. Almost all the drivers that made 2017 another active year in M&A remain in place and so we look forward to the Chinese Year of The Dog with confidence.

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2017 Mid Year Global M&A Review

2017 Mid Year Global M&A Review

25 Jul 2017

The number of Technology M&A deals is down so far this year, although comparison is with a very strong 2016. A key trend in the UK was the increase in cross border deals to 43% of the total in the first half of this year, up from 35% in the same period last year, despite sterling rallying. Valuations remain at record levels as investors acquired high growth/high price assets in AI, IoT and cloud software.

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2016 Global Technology M&A Review

2016 Global Technology M&A Review

20 Jan 2017

The Technology sector continues to outperform as investors continue to search for growth in a low growth world. 2015 was the sixth consecutive year in which the number of Technology M&A deals has increased and the year of the largest ever Technology deal.

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