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
For several years now, the dozen plus information technology sectors that we support have been strong for some, while quite disruptive for others. In Fintech, the press has focused on the digital revolution in customer behavior and the wave of virtualization currently sweeping financial services. It has to make the traditional providers nervous. In Enterprise Data, the buzz has been around the rise of big data analytics and how they are changing the way we understand the world. In Healthcare IT the talk has been about the increasing use of technology, information, and tools that may fundamentally change the doctor-patient relationship. These are disruptive times. Get used to it.
The New Year started out with a bang for companies in all four segments of the Enterprise Data & Analytics space. More than a dozen transactions of significance were announced including deals by Bessemer, Bloomberg, IBM, Moody’s, Oracle and Thoma Bravo. EV-to-revenue multiples as well as EV-to-EBITDA multiples for all four segments remained relatively strong, despite a backdrop of volatility in the capital markets. There was one cautionary note, however.
After a very strong 2015, in which m&a activity by value soared to record levels – exceeding 2007 highs, 2016 has started out with a series of earth tremors. Among other things, the price of oil (and several other commodities) dropped to lows not seen in more than a decade; the bottom seemed to drop out of the Chinese stock market; and the stock and bond markets in the US and Europe slid in seeming sympathy. Recently, several high flying tech companies raised capital at values lower than previously indicated. So what will 2016 bring?