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  • 12 October 2021

    Mind the gap

    Valuations are rising to never-before-seen levels across the tech M&A market. But that hasn't been enough to close the persistent gap between US and European targets, as US-headquartered tech vendors have consistently garnered a turn higher than their European cousins.

  • 5 October 2021

    Stock swoon

    A years-long runup in tech stocks played an outsize role in funding tech M&A over the past two years. Now, amid increasing volatility in tech shares, buyers are turning away from that once-preferred currency. Zoom's recent failure to close its pickup of Five9 shows the challenge of printing a deal with a declining share price.

  • 30 September 2021

    Vista Equity Partners to acquire RPA vendor Blue Prism

    Stand-alone robotic process automation vendors continue to be consumed by modern low-code digital automation platform vendors. Enterprise buyers are seeking a common platform for enterprise business processes and workforce task automation. Vista will combine Blue Prism with its TIBCO portfolio asset to serve this need.

  • 23 September 2021

    The high cost of commerce

    Retailers that have been pushed and prodded online for the better part of a decade are rushing to get there. And as budgets flow toward digital storefronts, the software for managing catalogs, orders and payments is garnering record valuations.

  • 22 September 2021

    Fresh debuts

    When COVID-19 first struck, investors were eager to pay up for pandemic plays. But a pair of IPOs today, along with recent shifts in stock prices, show that there's more interest in companies that can play well after the pandemic.

  • 15 September 2021

    A little money problem for SPACs

    Blank-check companies are more blank than check lately. The IPO alternative is becoming a poorer vehicle for raising capital for would-be public tech vendors. SPAC investors retain the option of cashing out their stock, rather than taking shares in the acquired business. And increasingly, they're doing just that.

  • 14 September 2021

    A big software deal for small customers

    For its second foray into marketing tech, Intuit is going small in a big way. At $12bn, its reach for Mailchimp marks the largest-ever acquisition of a privately held software vendor. Still, the deal carries both a multiple that's easier to justify and a strategy that's more in-line with its business.

  • 3 September 2021
  • 30 August 2021

    Accenture's acquisition strategy helps keep it on course amid pandemic

    Reacting swiftly to a growth drop once businesses started responding to the pandemic, Accenture managed to grow overall. Besides cost-cutting staff changes, the company's growth was largely driven by acquisitions to feed resources into technology areas with high growth potential. Its appetite for acquisitions is proving even bigger in 2021.

  • 27 August 2021

    Media blitz

    Acquisitions of digital publishing companies are approaching new heights as revenue rebounds from last year's COVID-19-induced decline. Buyer interest in digital had waned for years, as legacy and digitally native publishers alike struggled in a digital ad market dominated by just a few internet giants.