Our latest M&A update on the recent transactions and values in the seven separate sectors of the fintech market that we follow and sometimes lead is HERE. It’s all about the cloud. One of the larger deals this past month was the sale of Vertafore to Bain Capital and Vista Equity Partners for a reported $2.7 billion.
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.
We are in the business of helping B2B technology and data services companies to sell, acquire, and raise capital. One of our focus areas is known as enterprise data & analytics, which encompasses firms providing advanced analytics, big data, business intelligence, data management, and information services. We regularly publish a newsletter with updated m&a statistics focused on the space – you can see the latest here: February 2016 EDA Market Update.