Alvarez and Marsal
A&M Global Transaction Advisory Group

Ten Years in Software & Technology M&A

Jimmy Suruki
Managing Director, Software & Technology Industry Leader, Transaction Advisory
jsuruki@alvarezandmarsal.com

In the last 10 years the growth in technology deals has largely been driven by regulated industries whose rapid changes called for hi-tech solutions. We expect health care and financial services tech deals to continue to grow in the near term.

In the last 10 years, the software & technology space has grown on its own in the pure play tech space, as well as for companies in regulated sectors where hi-tech solutions are addressing rapid change – particularly in health care information technology (HCIT), financial services technology (Fintech), and security.

Healthcare-related software companies in particular have driven substantial growth in the space. This was driven in part by the demands of adhering to new regulations, especially those instituted as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, HC insurance companies have been slow to adopt technologies to improve efficiencies. Pushed in part by the ACA regulations, large insurers are buying up software companies to quickly ramp up to 21st century technological solutions.

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Financial technology companies – have transformed how B-to-B and B-to-C transactions take place. Think Apple Pay, Square and Pay Pal. In the last several years, the demand for “payment processes” has driven phenomenal growth. Business and consumers want to transact securely online.

Furthermore, the need to mitigate the risk of being hacked, in light of several high profile global security breaches at companies around the globe, has led to an increased investment in tech security companies. In particular, companies offering “endpoint and perimeter cybersecurity solutions– solutions that seek to prevent attacks at the point of network access – are numerous. Consolidation of these companies offers a ripe opportunity for tech investors (“Deal Drivers Americas 2015”, Merger Market, 2015).

In today’s ever-competitive environment with multi-round auctions and accelerated timeframes, it has become increasingly more critical to have the right industry expertise. Our dedicated team of seasoned S&T professionals collectively looks at over 100 software and technology companies each year. With our extensive experience and know-how, we can quickly analyze key value drivers and help you assess and validate your investment thesis early in the process.

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SOURCE: ALM VANGUARD: TRANSACTIONS - ACQUISITIONS CONSULTING JUNE 2019 REPORT

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