Technology, Media and Telecommunications deals insights: Year-end 2017 and 2018 outlook

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Strong deal volume, less dollars spent in tech industry

The Tech industry deal market stayed active in 2017 with an increased number of transactions vs. last year, yet deal value took a dip as the focus shifted from megadeals to smaller early-stage companies. Consistent with the recent trends from prior years, Software continues to be the largest contributor in the Technology deals market.

  • 1,873 technology deals announced
  • $174.3 billion in deal value
  • 6 megadeals greater than $5B were announced

The Technology IPO market began to show signs of return in 2017, after being slow for three consecutive years. Non-technology corporates represent another area to watch as they continue to be active participants in the Tech market.

Fueled by growing interest in cyber security, AI, and digitization, we look forward to an even more dynamic Technology M&A market in 2018. 

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Megadeals propelling an industry shift across the media & telecom deals landscape

2017 represented another big year for the Media & Telecom deals market. Total deal volume was up 29% vs. last year, and value, despite a slight dip, reached nearly $140B. This was in large part due to an increase in megadeals, which accounted for roughly 63% of announced deal value.

  • 876 media & telecommunications deals announced
  • $138.8 billion in deal value
  • 3 megadeals greater than $5B were announced

Advertising & Marketing continued to lead in total deal volume in 2017, while the Telecommunications sub-sector saw the largest volume increase, up 67% from 2016. 

Greater focus continues to be put on user experience and getting closer to the customer–increasingly, companies are using M&A to do this. Looking ahead, those that invest in successfully engaging with consumers are, and will continue to be, primed for growth. 

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