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  • Where is the tech M&A market heading?

    For more than a decade, 451 Research has been surveying the two key constituencies of the tech M&A marketplace: senior corporate development executives and senior investment bankers. We are currently in market with the latest editions of both of those two surveys. Give us your quick thoughts on dealmaking in 2018 and we'll help you start off next year even smarter about what happened in tech M&A in 2017, and what's going to happen in 2018.

  • Cybersecurity turns into a busy bazaar

    The holiday shopping season kicked off last week, and for one tech sector, it was a particularly bountiful time for picking up some companies. Infosec acquirers announced an unprecedented seven transactions, up from a weekly average of just two deals. With last week's flurry, this year's number of infosec acquisitions eclipsed last year's total, even as overall tech M&A volume in 2017 is heading for a mid-teens percentage drop. And several of the trends appear likely to carry into 2018.

    Information Security

  • November M&A slumps to pre-boom level

    Dealmaking in 2017 is going out with a whimper. Acquirers in November spent just $15.7bn on tech transactions across the globe, the lowest monthly total in three years. The sluggish November activity comes after a similarly anemic October. The recent tail-off in acquisition spending means that 2017 is all but certain to come in with the lowest annual M&A spending since 2013.

  • Bull market bypasses tech IPOs

    Although there's still a month remaining in 2017, most startups thinking about an IPO have already turned the calendar to 2018. That's true even though the tech IPO market has been pretty active recently. By our count, a half-dozen enterprise-focused tech vendors have come public in just the past two months. But despite the uptick in IPO activity, shares of the newly public companies haven't necessarily been ticking higher, at least not dramatically so.

  • Piling up the chips

    Unveiling what would be the largest tech transaction in history, Broadcom said it is prepared to hand over $103bn in cash and stock for Qualcomm. The unprecedented 12-digit transaction represents a consolidation of the two consolidators behind the semiconductor industry's two largest consolidations. However, regulatory challenges, combined with valuation discrepancies, mean this marriage of giants is highly unlikely to go through in its current form.

    Systems & Software Infrastructure

  • Tech M&A stumbles out of summer

    This summer's momentum in the tech M&A market petered out as autumn arrived. Spending in the just-completed month of October slumped to its second-lowest monthly total of the year. Across the globe, acquirers announced just $17bn worth of tech and telco purchases in October, equaling only slightly more than half the average monthly deal value in the nine previous months. Overall, tech M&A spending in 2017 is on pace for the lowest full-year total in four years.

  • VCs aren't buying what VCs are selling

    VCs aren't buying what other VCs are selling, slamming shut a once-reliable exit door for startups. The recent shift in M&A has left the number of VC-to-VC acquisitions down about 40% so far this year compared with the previous three years. The current weekly pace of two sales of VC-backed companies to other VC-backed companies would put this year's total at about 105, representing the lowest full-year number of exits since the start of the decade.

  • An autumn chill on Wall Street

    This time of year has always been a bit unnerving for investors, and for good reason. Late October has seen some of the most dramatic declines on Wall Street, including the granddaddy of them all, the Great Crash of 1929. Additionally, earlier this week marked the 30th anniversary of Black Monday. These days, with shares trading at all-time highs, investors have indicated a substantial erosion of confidence in the stock market's future direction.

  • MongoDB maintains in IPO

    Despite a well-received IPO, MongoDB's valuation basically flatlined from the private market to the public market. The open source NoSQL database provider priced shares at $24 each and jumped in mid-Thursday trading to about $30. The 25% pop on the Nasdaq basically brought MongoDB shares back to the price where the company sold them to crossover investors in late 2014.

    Data Platforms & Analytics

  • A pivot turns into a face-plant

    With its attempt at a pivot having turned into face-plant, Synchronoss will unwind its massive, bet-the-company acquisition of Intralinks by divesting the collaboration software vendor to PE firm Siris Capital Group. The buyout shop will pay about $1bn for Intralinks, which Synchross acquired last December for $821m. The divestiture ends a pairing that faced skepticism from the very start, with Synchross shares having lost two-thirds of their value since the deal was announced.

    Data Platforms & Analytics Workforce Productivity & Compliance

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