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Q3 2017 Software M&A Update

November 28, 2017 – Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA – Solganick & Co. has issued its latest M&A update for the software industry for the latest period Q3 2017.  You can download the report here: Solganick Co Software M&A Update Q3 2017


The following summarizes the M&A update report:

  • Software and tech-enabled services dominated overall technology deal value and volumes during Q3 2017, accounting for 46% of M&A deal flow. Transaction volume in Q3 2017 decreased by 9% versus Q3 2017. While Total transaction value in Q3 2017 increased 14% over Q2 2017.
  • Application software accounted for 56% of software deals in Q3 2017 .
  • The median revenue multiple declined from 2.7 x in 2016 to 2.2x in Q3 2017.
  • The median EBITDA multiple remained constant during this timeframe at 12.9x.
  • The software market has slowed significantly as Q1 2017 still accounts for 56% of overall value for the first 3 quarters of 2017, including the 6 largest deals of the year so far.
  • The sale of Symantec’s website security and related PKI solutions to DigiCert for $950 million marked the largest cyber security transaction of the year.
  • Global M&A activity in Q3 2017 was USD $819.7 billion – deal value decreased by 3.03% compared to Q2 2017.
  • The first nine months of 2017 proved US market’s busiest first nine months in 11 years, according to Thompson Reuters.
  • Five out of the ten largest deals in Q3 were focused in the US, indicating a shift away from Europe in the last few months.


For the complete report, go here: Solganick Co Software M&A Update Q3 2017

Solganick & Co., Inc. is an independent investment banking and M&A advisory firm focused exclusively on the global software, IT services, and digital media industry sectors. We advise buyers and sellers of companies and efficiently execute M&A transactions that help increase shareholder value. Our professionals have advised on $20+ billion in M&A transactions to date and have current clients and relationships globally with entrepreneurs, companies and leading private equity firms within the sectors we cover.

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