Technology, Media and Telecommunications quarterly deals insights: Q2 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.

Megadeals continue to drive deal value in media & telecom industry 

Media & Telecom deal activity in Q2’18 packed a strong punch, with deal values increasing by 19% vs. last quarter due to a rise in megadeals across several sub-sectors. Notably, megadeals accounts for approximately 66% of year-to-date announced deal value for the sector.

  • 194 media & telecommunications deals announced

  • $44.9 billion in deal value

  • 3 megadeals greater than $5B were announced

Advertising & Marketing and Internet & Information led the sub-sectors in total deal volume in Q2 2018, while the Broadcasting sub-sector continues to see a rise in deals as a new round of consolidation has resulted in both acquisitions and divestitures.

As we move into the second half 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 slows into mid-year

Tech deal activity declined in Q2 2018, resulting from a focus on smaller targets and limited mega transactions. The unpredictable regulatory environment may have caused many key players to sit on their cash rather than contribute to the deals market as strongly as expected. 

  • 420 technology deals announced

  • $30.6 billion in deal value

  • 1 megadeal greater than $5B was announced

Q2 had a few notable upsides: PE buyers were extremely active in the quarter, boosting weak non-tech participation. Additionally, the IPO market stayed strong through the first half of 2018, hitting its highest volume since 2014. 

Despite the below-expectation performance in Q2 2018, we continue to be optimistic about the tech deals environment recovery to its 2015 and 2016 level.

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