Technology, Media and Telecommunications quarterly deals insights: Q3 2018

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Welcome to the home of US Technology, Media and Telecommunications deals insights. Explore in-depth quarterly deals analysis available in our two focused reports - Media and telecommunications, and Technology.

The convergence of tech and media fuels deal activity

Media & Telecom deal activity in Q3’18 packed a strong punch, with deal volumes reaching a two-year high, increasing 9% over Q3 2017 and 34% over Q2 2018. Smaller deals continue to dominate volume, resulting in a 58% decline in announced deal values from the prior quarter.

  • 260 media & telecommunications deals announced
  • $19.0 billion in deal value
  • 5 deals greater than $1B were announced

Consistent with historical trends, the Advertising & Marketing and Internet & Information sub-sectors lead in deal volumes, while the Broadcasting and Music / Audio Content sub-sectors also showed strong growth with record high quarters.

As we move toward the end of 2018, convergence, connections and trust will continue to drive growth and change across the media & telecom deals landscape.

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The technology deals market sees a resurgence post-summer slowdown

Tech deal activity bloomed again in Q3 2018, marking the strongest quarter since last year. Deal values more than doubled since Q2 2018, and year-to-date deal value has already outpaced 2017.

  • 485 technology deals announced
  • $66.4 billion in deal value
  • 2 megadeals greater than $5B were announced

All shapes and sizes of market participants contributed to the Q3 market return – tech and non-tech, domestic and foreign – and they were not just fixated on software, but the interest was evenly spread across all things technology.

With the resurgence of M&A activity following the summer slowdown, we anticipate a strong close to 2018 as market participants look for their next strategic move.

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