Mooreland Partners is pleased to announce the release of its 2015 Global Technology M&A Report which covers macro trends, acquirer and seller dynamics across all key geographies.
Major highlights of the 2015 Global Technology M&A Report include:
- Technology M&A activity hit record levels in 2015, in both volume and value: Over 4,870 technology companies changed hands around the globe, a 17% sequential increase in # of transactions from 2014. A total of $740 billion in announced value, a 75% increase over 2014, driven mostly by an increase in the number of mega deals.
- US domestic tech M&A still represents a very large portion of all tech M&A activity: 44% of all transactions happened between buyers and sellers in the US. European targets represented over 25% of all companies sold.
- Cross-border M&A is alive and well: over 1,200 companies were acquired by a foreign buyer, an increase of 21% compared to 2014. US companies were the most active overseas acquirers, buying almost 600 tech companies outside the US.
- Asia tech M&A activity increased significantly: India and China saw 95% and 60% increases in transaction activity, respectively. Japan went on an overseas buying spree with a 150% increase in non-domestic acquisitions.
- Transatlantic tech M&A activity did not grow in 2015: US buyer activity in Europe increased only slightly. European buyer activity in the US decreased after several years of growth.
- Glass half empty or half full: 2016 outlook remains very uncertain with Q1 activity driven by tail of 2015 deal pipeline. Some encouraging signs amidst the dark clouds include continued activity of private equity ecosystem, acceleration of Chinese activity overseas and ever growing cash balances at large technology buyers.
For more information please contact:
Peter Globokar, Managing Director
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7484 1353
Rick Dalton, Managing Director
Tel: +1 650 330 3799
Stephen Schweich, Managing Director
Tel: +1 212 651 0195
Peter helped launch the London office in 2006, and works in all of the firm’s industry practice groups. He has completed transactions for companies engaged in mobile communications technology, digital media, semiconductor and electronics, and application software.