Our latest report on values and trends in the Enterprise Data and Analytics space (“EDA”) is HERE. As you will see, merger & acquisition activity in the EDA space continues to be strong – and m&a values high – in spite of the recent decline in market value for several publicly listed companies in this space. In fact, over the past few weeks we’ve seen several $1 billion+ acquisitions of public companies, including
Salesforce is the 4th most valuable software company in the world, and by far the youngest of the top four. It got to this vaunted position in part because of its superior service. We’ve been loyal users of Salesforce to help power our marketing efforts at M&A for more than 10 years. But also, much as Apple has encouraged others to develop apps for its iPhone and iPad, Salesforce has grown by encouraging other firms to leverage its presence and capabilities to build value added software on top of the Salesforce platform. This is the Salesforce Ecosystem. It isn’t just about CRM any longer.
We love to advise companies with high levels of recurring revenue, robust renewal rates and strong potential for profit. In many cases, this describes companies that deliver solutions through a centrally hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Many founders and entrepreneurs believe that a pure SaaS model is one of the best ways to quickly create value. Sometimes that’s true; sometimes it’s a solution looking for a problem.
It’s a busy time for fintech dealmakers. Not only are people investing in disruptive fintech companies in the US and the UK, but entrepreneurs with new approaches in China, Germany, Sweden, Singapore, India and a dozen other countries are also seeing massive action. We’ve always taken a global approach to advising clients and this week we were pleased that the M&A Advisor named us as the Boutique Investment Bank of the Year at their 8th Annual International M&A Awards fete.
The wealth management industry is changing at a rapid pace due to the plethora of new technologies that have been introduced over the past five years or so. It is not the first time the industry has been shaken and improved by the birth of new technologies. Still, it is interesting to watch, and crucial to the state of m&a and our business as advisors.