Mid-Year Reality Check for Software Mergers and Acquisitions

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This webcast takes a truly insightful look at the year to date. Featured speaker, Ken Bender, Managing Director of Software Equity Group guides us through the market figures to reveal the trends and drivers, including shifting buyer preferences and market trends.

The Deals, changing trends, market drivers and the shifting buyer mix

  • At the half-way point, the software M&A tally stands at 857 transactions, a 5.1% increase over this time last year. To date these deals represent an aggregate purchase price of $26 billion.
  • After rising throughout 2005, the median valuation of software M&A transactions has declined the past two quarters. Is it a blip or a trend? Will the second half of 2006 see a resurrection of last year’s heady multiples?
  • As in prior quarters, private software companies backed by VCs and private equity firms continue to be very active acquirers, accounting for 33% of all Q2 transactions. Many paid “strategic buyer” multiples. What’s driving these buyers? Will they remain active?

This webcast was conducted live on 8/24/06 and can be viewed on demand anytime.