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Global technology M&A update: 3Q11 highlights

Technology M&A dominated by
big-ticket deals

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Total number of all announced deals

Source: EY analysis of FactSet Mergerstat data, accessed 6 October 2011.

"Businesses worldwide are moving rapidly toward mobile-social infrastructures in the cloud. Deal-making to help meet those businesses' needs is what drove technology M&A up in the third quarter, even though deal-making in other industries declined." Joe Steger, Global Technology Transaction Advisory Services Leader

Even as M&A value declined in other industries, the aggregate value of global technology M&A increased 8% in the third quarter of 2011. It was the second consecutive quarter dominated by big-ticket deals in which established companies pursued key strategic growth trends, but with a twist — this quarter, PE firms contributed more than half of the deals valued above $1 billion.

Deals involving business intelligence/analytics came on strong in 3Q11, and hundreds more transactions were driven by other important trends we've watched develop for several quarters: cloud computing, smart mobility, security, social networking, internet and mobile video, online and mobile games and health care IT. This time, however, more deals seemed to combine two or more of these trends than we've seen in the past.

3Q deal highlights:

  • Aggregate value of all disclosed value deals (corporate and PE) increased 8% to $56.4 billion in 3Q11 and 22% year-over-year (YOY)
  • Private equity (PE) aggregate value increased 82% sequentially to $14.6 billion in 3Q11 and increased 86% YOY
  • Aggregate value of the top 11 deals was $40.1 billion, or 71% of all disclosed value for 3Q11
  • Deal volume fell sequentially by 2% for the second consecutive quarter, to 759 deals in 3Q11
  • Cross-border (CB) deal growth paused: CB deals declined 11% each in volume and value during 3Q11, compared with 2Q11

Total number of all
announced deals

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