Technology, Media and Telecommunications quarterly deals insights: Q1 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 - Technology, and Media and telecommunications.  

Double-digit increases for the tech deals landscape

2018 started off strong for the Technology deals market. Deal value and volume saw increases both vs. last quarter (Q4 2018) and the same time period last year (Q1 2017). Consistent with recent trends, there is a continued focus on investments in small and early-stage companies. 

  • 506 technology deals announced
  • $59.4 billion in deal value
  • 4 megadeals greater than $5B were announced

Software continues to lead all sub-sectors in both deal volume and value in the Technology deals market. IT services is also worth noting, with a deal value that outperformed all four quarters in 2017 as a result of two megadeals in Q1 2018.

There are still many questions to be answered around government regulation, but as we look forward, we expect the Technology deals market to remain healthy. 

See more trends and insights–download PwC's report for further analysis.


Megadeals continue to drive deal value in media & telecom industry

The Media & Telecom deals market saw an active start to 2018, with deal volumes reaching a two-year high at 244 deals. Most notably, Private Equity investment topped the megadeals list in Q1 2018 for the first time in years, accounting for 55% of announced deal value. This shift suggests that PE firms see future growth opportunities in the sector. 

  • 244 media & telecommunications deals announced
  • $37.6 billion in deal value
  • 2 mega deals greater than $5B were announced

Advertising & Marketing continued to lead in total deal volume in Q1 2018, while the Broadcasting sub-sector saw the largest volume increase, up 133% from Q4 2017.

With user experience at the forefront, we expect to see investment in technology span across the sector as companies look to get even closer to their customers. 

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Marc Suidan
PwC Deals Partner, US Deals Technology Leader, PwC US
Tel: +1 (408) 817 7908

Bart Spiegel
US Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deals Partner
Tel: +1 (646) 471 7085

Todson Page
Partner, PwC Deals
Tel: +1 (408) 817 1223

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