Private Equity Buyers Play Active Role with Largest Deals Announced this Year
SAN JOSE, July 30, 2013 – While closed technology transactions in the second quarter declined both sequentially and year-over-year, the increase in announced and rumored deals point to a rise in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the remainder of the year, according to PwC’s US Q2 technology M&A Insights report released today. Private equity (PE) buyers took a more active role in technology M&A with deals announced across the spectrum of deal size, including some of the largest transactions announced so far this year.
In the second quarter of 2013, PwC found that technology sector transaction volume decreased 22 percent while value increased 34 percent from the first quarter of 2013. The second quarter ended with 32 transactions completed, compared to 41 deals in the first quarter. Average deal value increased to $433 million from first quarter’s average of $253 million as the number of deals in excess of $250 million doubled from 17 percent to 34 percent. Second quarter cumulative deal value reached $13.9 billion, including five transactions in excess of $1 billion, still below the average quarterly deal volume in 2012, but higher than the three closed in the first quarter.
“Technology companies face the constant conundrum of a need to balance key investment initiatives while navigating fears of future downturns amid signs of positive economic growth,” said Rob Fisher, PwC’s U.S. technology industry deals leader. “While the number of closed technology transactions declined in the second quarter, new deal announcements point to robust M&A activity for the rest of 2013 as technology businesses plot their next wave of transactions.”
The report finds that positive market performance has continued to fuel technology IPOs, as the volume of new pricings more than doubled in the second quarter compared to Q1 of 2013 to 15, with proceeds in excess of $2.6 billion. New publicly announced IPO registrations continued, totalling 13 for the quarter and a number of additional registrations confidentially filed under the rules of the US JOBS Act.
The low volume of second quarter transactions was spread across technology sectors, with hardware deals comprising a quarter of all deal activity with eight transactions totalling $2.9 billion in deal value.
PwC anticipates the drop in software transactions to be temporary as cloud, social, mobile, data analytics and the software tools that enable these technologies will continue to drive markets and enable efficiencies in non-technology industries.
“With increased momentum among private equity buyers, significant unused corporate cash on hand, and more technology companies moving to fully embrace cloud and capture an increasing share of mobile consumers, the fundamental drivers of technology remain strong. As technology players identify new avenues to fuel growth, we anticipate the rise in proposed transactions will invigorate technology M&A for the remainder of 2013,” added PwC’s Fisher.
PwC’s US technology M&A Insights is a quarterly analysis based on data for transactions with a disclosed deal value greater than $15 million, as provided by Thomson Reuters through June 30, 2013, and supplemented by additional independent research. Information related to previous periods is updated periodically based on new data collected by Thomson Reuters for deals closed during previous periods but not reflected in previous data sets.
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