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A potential slowdown ahead for information technology M&A

Q1 2016 Information Technology Industry Spotlight


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The recent downturn and continued volatility in financial markets worldwide—particularly, the plunge in technology stocks—compounded by sluggish growth in the European Union and China’s muted prospects, has underscored drivers of change in the information technology (IT) industry that were already present. Players in the space were already looking toward growth strategies that emphasized sustainability in light of economic uncertainty; now, such attitudes will only become further confirmed.

Key highlights from 2015:

  • At 383 closed transactions, the fourth quarter of 2015 saw the lowest level of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in some time.
  • The fourth quarter saw the third-highest total value of private equity capital invested in a single quarter since the start of 2009, a more-than-healthy $24.8 billion.
  • 2015 saw a relative drought in the flow of initial public offerings across the IT industry, with just 21, compared to 35 in 2014.

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