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Aug 16, 2019

More Evidence that the Second Wave Is Coming. Our August Report on M&A in the FinTech, Enterprise Data and Analytics Industry

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Dear Clients and Friends, Our August 2019 report on recent m&a transactions, trends, and valuations in the seven segments of the FinTech, Data and Analytics world that we follow and sometimes lead can be found here. According to Deloitte’s annual study of M&A activity, 73 percent of tech sector executives expect more and bigger deals this year – the highest percentage of any industry. A lot of these deals bear little relevance to our world. Sure, IBM is acquiring RedHat, the open-source enterprise software company for $33 billion; Capgemini is paying $4 billion for Altran; and Broadcom is buying CA…

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Jun 28, 2019

What Is a Business Worth? Our June Report on M&A in the FinTech, Enterprise Data and Analytics Industry

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Dear Clients and Friends, A buyer’s rationale on the price paid for a business isn’t always so obvious. In January, Fiserv acquired First Data Corporation for around $22 billion, 2x revenue; in March, Fidelity National bought WorldPay for around $43 billion, 10x revenue. In April, Deutsche Börse and General Atlantic teamed up to acquire Axioma for around 8x revenue. It’s clear that FinTech, data and analytics companies trade at widely divergent valuation multiples. And yet, we keep hearing bankers try to apply the multiples achieved by one company to estimate the value of another. Many factors impact value, but, for…

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Jun 11, 2019

Marlin & Associates Advises Zoomdata On Its Sale To Marlin Equity

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Dear Clients and Friends, We are pleased to announce another successful m&a transaction on which we advised. Marlin & Associates was the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Zoomdata, a modern business intelligence and data visualization platform for cloud, big data, live streaming data, multisource and embedded analytics that is used by leading global Fortune 500 companies in the financial services, healthcare, and telecom industries, on its sale to Logi Analytics, a portfolio company of Marlin Equity Partners and a leading enterprise analytics and data visualization platform. Backed by several leading financial sponsors including Accel, Goldman Sachs, and NEA, Zoomdata…

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May 11, 2019

Marlin & Associates Advises Preqin Limited (UK) on the Sale of its Cloud-Based Portfolio Management Solutions Business

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We are pleased to announce another successful m&a transaction on which we advised. Marlin & Associates was the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to London-based Preqin Limited, the financial data and information company, on their divestiture of Preqin Solutions (formerly Baxon Solutions), which provides leading-edge, cloud-based portfolio management solutions for the private equity industry, to Dynamo Software Inc., a Massachusetts-based provider of cloud-based software for the alternative investments community. Mark O’Hare, founder and CEO of Preqin Limited said: “We chose the Marlin team for their deep understanding of our business and it was clearly the right choice for this transaction”.…

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Apr 15, 2019

Electric Times for Capital Markets FinTech – Our April M&A Report

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Dear Clients and Friends, The capital markets FinTech World has been abuzz over a slew of m&a transactions – real and rumored. It started with Blackrock buying eFront for $1.3 billion. Then came the torrid IPO of Tradeweb Markets (part of Refinitiv – which was spun out of Thomson Reuters last year) and raised $1.1 billion in the second-largest U.S. IPO of the year -behind Lyft. (Normally we limit these reports to transactions during the prior month –but we can’t resist reviewing these more recent events.) The report found here sets out m&a values and trends through March in the six segments of the…

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