Technology, Media and Telecommunications quarterly deals insights: Q1 2019

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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.

Media & Telecom companies planning their next move as we move further into 2019

Coming off of one of the most acquisitive years for the Media & Telecom sector in 2018, Q1 2019 saw a slow start to the year, suggesting some caution for investors in the face of uncertainty in the macro-economic outlook. Highlights include:

  • 155 media & telecommunications deals announced
  • $6.7 billion in deal value
  • Five deals greater than $500m were announced

As 2019 continues, we expect to see established media companies aggressively planning their next moves while emerging companies try to find their place in the ever-evolving, increasingly competitive value chain.

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Four megadeals kick off the 2019 tech M&A landscape

Following a strong close to 2018, Q1 2019 saw record-high values but lower-than-average volume, largely driven by continued political uncertainties and higher valuations. Highlights include:

  • 396 technology deals announced
  • $101 billion in deal value
  • Four megadeals greater than $5B were announced

Only one IPO priced in Q1 2019, primarily due to the Government shutdown in the first three weeks of January. However, we expect Q2 2019 to be an exciting quarter with a number of large unicorns hitting the road.

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