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Software M&A Update, Q1 2018

May 24, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA


Solganick & Co. has issued its latest software M&A update for Q1 2018.

You can find the complete report here: Software M&A Update Q1 2018


The following summarizes the report findings:

Software saw an increase in both deal volume and deal value, up 32% to 146 transactions from 111 in 2017, and 38% to $9.7 billion in value from $7.0 billion in Q1 2017.

Strategic acquirers completed nine of the top ten highest value software deals in Q1 2018.

The highest value deal completed is Salesforce’s acquisition of MuleSoft for US$ 6.5B.

Notable software M&A deal in Q1 2018 SAP America’s acquisition of Callidus Software, a cloud-based marketing and sales performance management solution, for $2.6 billion.

U.S. M&A value in Q1 2018 totaled US$393.9B, which increased by 26.1% from Q1 2017.

Technology is the most rigorous M&A sector in the U.S, with a deal value of US$47.6B and a deal count of 226 for Q1 2018

U.S. M&A transactions account for 30.4% of the global M&A by deal count. This is down by 0.7 basis points from Q1 2017 (31.1%)

There is a total of 6 megadeals (deal value over US$10B) targeting the US announced in Q1 2018

There is a 54.1% fall in the value of inbound M&A into the US overall from Q1 2017 (US$137.5B) to Q1 2018 (US$63.1B)

There is a 42.9% fall in the value of inbound M&A into the US from China from Q1 2017 (US$2B) to Q1 2018 (US$1.1B).


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