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Tech M&A Monthly
12 Negotiation Tips from the Pros
August 11, 2016
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A leader in the software industry, Bruce has founded or owned four software companies, including the largest vertical
market software company, AMI, an Inc. 500 firm rated by IDC as the fastest growing computer-related company in the
world.
He has served on advisory boards for Microsoft, IBM, DEC, Comdex and Apple, and as board member/founding
investor in some of the most innovative firms in their field, including Blue Coat, Bright Star and Sabaki. Past advisor to
two governors and a senator, a board member of the Washington Technology Center, and founder of the WTIA, the
nation’s most active regional technology trade association.
He worked with the Canadian government to found SoftWorld, and he was recently chosen as one of the 200 most
influential individuals in the IT community in Europe. He was also the only American juror for the recent Tornado 100
Awards given to Europe’s top technology firms
A graduate with Distinction from Harvard Business School, Bruce has written three books on business models for
success, including Power Planning. He is a frequent lecturer and author.
Welcome
Bruce Milne
CEO
Corum Group Ltd.
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Agenda
Welcome
Market Overview
August 2016 Research Report
12 Tips for M&A Negotiation
Q&A
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1. Disruptive trends – Strategic imperative to buy
2. Cash – Strategic & financial buyers
3. Low cost debt for leveraged buyouts
4. Many new buyers (IPOs, non-tech)
5. Strong financial markets
6. Megadeals disruption
6 Reasons Tech M&A Will Remain Strong
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Second tier strategics
Tertiary PE firms
Bottom feeders
Preemptive buyers
Record Unsolicited Interest
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They are trying to lock you up
Often demand exclusive negotiations
Don’t want you talking to others
Want to pay less than true value
Remember your fiduciary obligation!
Seller’s biggest single mistake…
…dealing with only one buyer
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Tech M&A Guideline Percentages
 Buyer solicitations that result in transaction
 Average improvement from first offer with an
auction process
 How often another firm is willing to pay more
than the initial bidder
 Deals involving only one bidder that are
suboptimal
 Failure rate in “self-managed” tech M&A
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 This is the most important transaction of your life
 The bulk of your family/partner wealth is involved
 It deserves the same diligence you put into building
 Never just respond to the first interest – leverage it
 Achieve an optimal outcome with global partner search
Selling your tech company
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Upcoming Tech M&A Events
Events within 90 days:
www.CorumGroup.com/Events
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Cleveland Dayton
Austin Dallas
Houston Reston
Sacramento Toronto
Ottawa Montreal
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Corum Research Report
Elon Gasper
Vice President,
Director of Research
Yasmin Khodamoradi
Analyst
Thomas Wright
Analyst
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Public Markets
-10%
-5%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
Weekly Percentage Change
NASDAQ S&P TECH Dow Jones
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*Since the Great Depression. Source: S&P Capital IQ, The Associated Press
Macro view: 4 Longest* Bull Market Runs
Start End Years
Dotcom Bubble Oct. 11, 1990 Mar. 24, 2000 9.5
Current Mar. 9, 2009 ? 7.4
Postwar Boom Jun. 13, 1949 Aug. 2, 1956 7.1
That 70s Inflation Oct. 3, 1974 Nov. 28, 1980 6.2
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Corum Index
Market
Transactions
July 2016July 2015
420 315
Mega Deals
5 13
Largest Deal $5.1B $32B
Pipeline
Private Equity Deals
21 21
VC Backed Exits
5463
Attributes
39%
Cross Border
Transactions 40%
Start-Up
Acquisitions 10%13%
15 yrs15 yrs
Average Life
of Target
160%
July 2015 July 2016
July 2015 July 2016
0%
25%
23%
14%
3%
527%
14
Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
15
Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Target: ARM Holdings [UK]
Acquirer: SoftBank Corp. [Japan]
Transaction Value: $32.4B (20.9x EV/S and 46.2x EBITDA)
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Target: NetSuite Inc. [USA]
Acquirer: Oracle Corporation [USA]
Transaction Value: $9.3B (10.8x EV/S)
Largest-ever
SaaS deal
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Target: Jet.com Inc. [USA]
Acquirer: Walmart [USA]
Transaction Value: $3.3B
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Merged
Target: LogMeIn Inc. [USA]
Acquirer: Citrix Systems Inc. (GoTo business) [USA]
Transaction Value: $1.8B (5.2x EV/S and 45.5x EBITDA)
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Target: VIZIO [USA]
Acquirer: LeEco [China]
Transaction Value: $2.0B
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Target: Yahoo! [USA]
Acquirer: Verizon [USA]
Transaction Value: $4.8B (1.0x EV/S)
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Target: Fleetmatics [Ireland]
Acquirer: Verizon [USA]
Transaction Value: $2.4B (7.5x EV/S and 32x EBITDA)
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Vertical Market
4.7x
18.4x
Public Valuation Multiples
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
July 2016Since Q2
Rising to record
levels as the SaaS
steamroller
continues…
…also driving
EBITDA ratios to
record highs
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Vertical Market
4.7x
18.4x
Deal Spotlight: Healthcare
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
July 2016Since Q2
Rising to record levels
as the SaaS
steamroller
continues…
…also driving
EBITDA ratios to
record highs
Target: Imprivata [USA]
Acquirer: Thoma Bravo [USA]
Transaction Value: $544M (4.4x EV/Sales)
- Single sign-on (SSO) and password management software for healthcare providers
- Helps Imprivata elaborate more on its products for the largest hospitals
- Expands Thoma Bravo’s stack of healthcare IT investments
Sold to
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Vertical Market
4.7x
18.4x
Deal Spotlights: Healthcare
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
July 2016Since Q2
Rising to record levels
as the SaaS
steamroller
continues…
…also driving
EBITDA ratios to
record highs
Sold to
Target: Wellcentive Inc. [USA]
Acquirer: Philips [Netherlands]
- Population health management and related data analytics SaaS
- Cloud-based systems for aggregating and analyzing healthcare claims and financial data
Target: Performance Management Services Inc. [USA]
Acquirer: HealthStream Inc. [USA]
Transaction Value: $4M
- Web-based performance assessment SaaS in the nursing industry
Sold to
Sold to
Target: Morrisey Associates. [USA]
Acquirer: Echo Inc (HealthStream Inc.) [USA]
Transaction Value: $48M
- Credentialing and privileging solutions for healthcare professionals
Sold to
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Vertical Market
4.7x
18.4x
Deal Spotlights: Healthcare
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
July 2016Since Q2
Rising to record levels
as the SaaS
steamroller
continues…
…also driving
EBITDA ratios to
record highs
Sold to
Target: Open Objects Software [UK]
Acquirer: Idox [UK]
Transaction Value: $4.7M (1.1x EV/Sales and 5.2x EBITDA)
- Medical and social care SaaS
Target: Dedalus S.p.A. [Italy]
Acquirer: Ardian [France]
- Healthcare clinical management software and SaaS
- Highlights the growing interest of PEs in the healthtech market
Sold to
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Vertical Market
4.7x
18.4x
Deal Spotlights: Education
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
July 2016Since Q2
Rising to record levels
as the SaaS
steamroller
continues…
…also driving
EBITDA ratios to
record highs
Sold to
Target: n2y [USA]
Acquirer: The Riverside Company [USA]
- Special-needs student educational materials and teacher curricula SaaS
Sold to
Target: CyberHound [Australia]
Acquirer: BigAir Group [Australia]
Transaction Value: $5.1M
- Student well-being predictive analytics and social media analysis and monitoring software and
managed services
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Vertical Market
4.7x
18.4x
Deal Spotlights: Education
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
July 2016Since Q2
Rising to record levels
as the SaaS
steamroller
continues…
…also driving
EBITDA ratios to
record highs
Sold to
Sold to
Target: The Alpha School System [aka TASS] [Australia]
Acquirer: Volaris Group Inc. [Constellation Software] [Canada]
- School administration, information systems and learning management SaaS
Target: Guangdong Header Information Technology [dba Header] [China]
Acquirer: Beijing IRtouch Systems [dba IRtouch Systems] [China]
Transaction Value: $120M (reported)
- Educational software and SaaS for Chinese institutions
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Vertical Market
4.7x
18.4x
Deal Spotlight: Education
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
July 2016Since Q2
Rising to record levels
as the SaaS
steamroller
continues…
…also driving
EBITDA ratios to
record highs
Target: LastMile IT Systems [dba QuickEdmin] [India]
Acquirer: Ray Business Technologies [dba Raybiztech] [India]
- Сollege ERP SaaS for higher educational institutions
- Brings Raybiztech more competence in digital ERP for education
- Balances Raybiztech’s reach towards India and gets it tuned for more acquisitions in
the enterprise domain.
Sold to
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IT Services Software Market
1.1x
10.7x
Public Valuation Multiples
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
…EBITDA multiple
climbing back near
historic highs.
Steady after an
increase in the first
half of the year
with…
July 2016Since Q2
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IT Services Software Market
1.1x
10.7x
Deal Spotlights: Call Center Services
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
…EBITDA multiple
climbing back near
historic highs.
Steady after an
increase in the first
half of the year
with…
July 2016Since Q2
Sold to
Sold to
Target: Minacs [CX Partners/Capital Square Partners] [Canada]
Acquirer: SYNNEX Corporation [USA]
Transaction Value: $420M (1.1x EV/Sales)
- BPO services, with an emphasis on customer care
Target: buw Unternehmensgruppe [aka buw Group] [Germany]
Acquirer: Convergys Corporation [USA]
Transaction Value: $136.9M (0.8x EV/Sales)
- Outsourced inbound and outbound customer care and call center services
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IT Services Software Market
1.1x
10.7x
Deal Spotlights: System Integrators
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
…EBITDA multiple
climbing back near
historic highs.
Steady after an
increase in the first
half of the year
with…
July 2016Since Q2
Sold to
Sold to
Sold to
Target: Capscient Corporation [USA]
Acquirer: PCB Apps [USA]
- On-premise Oracle/JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E1, World ERP and BI systems integration
Target: Virtuoso [USA]
Acquirer: AMERI Holdings Inc [dba Ameri100] [USA]
- SAP Business Suite systems optimization and systems integration services
Target: Complete Business Systems [dba CBS] [UK]
Acquirer: APH Computers [dba APH] [UK]
- SAP Business One ERP systems integration and relate software development services
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IT Services Software Market
1.1x
10.7x
Deal Spotlights: System Integrators
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
…EBITDA multiple
climbing back near
historic highs.
Steady after an
increase in the first
half of the year
with…
July 2016Since Q2
Target: BPR Solutions [Australia]
Acquirer: Fusion5 [Australia]
- NetSuite implementation and systems integration services
Target: Sixtree [Australia]
Acquirer: Deloitte Australia [Deloitte] [Australia]
- Cloud systems and network integration services, including legacy and cloud migration
Sold to
Sold to
33
Internet Market
Public Valuation Multiples
4.0x
23.1x
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
Surging to a 12-month
high amid high-profile
megadeals…
…while high
EBITDA ratios dip
only slightly
July 2016Since Q2
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
Target: Uber China [Uber] [USA]
Acquirer: Didi Chuxing [China]
Transaction Value: $7.0B (reported)
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Internet Market
Deal Spotlights: Ticketing
4.0x
23.1x
EV
Sales
Corum Analysis
EV
EBITDA
Surging to a 12-month
high amid high-profile
megadeals…
…while high
EBITDA ratios dip
only slightly
July 2016Since Q2
Sold to
Sold to
Sold to
Target: Yatra Online [dba Yatra.com] [India]
Acquirer: Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation [USA]
Transaction Value: $218M (3.5x EV/Sales)
- Indian online travel reservations services
Target: Tripcombi UG [fka tripdelta] [Germany]
Acquirer: Fareportal Inc. [USA]
- Online flights aggregation search service
Target: Charged.fm [USA]
Acquirer: Vendini [USA]
- Event ticketing marketplace
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B$1.2B
$25B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
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Mega Deals - 2016 YTD
$49B$21B
HORIZONTAL
$30B $53B
INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES
$3.1B
$5.0B
$6.0B
$6.0B
IT Services division
CONSUMER
$19B
$1.5B
$8.5B
$2.0B
$3.3B
$2.8B
$3.0B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$1.6B
$1.7B
$2.5B
$2.1B
$1.5B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$28B
VERTICAL
$1.3B
$9.3B
$4.4B
$26.2B
$1.0B
$2.7B
$1.1B
Intellectual
Property Solutions
$3.5B
$7.0B
$4.8B
$1.0B
$1.0B
$2.4B
$6.9B
$5.9B
$2.6B
$2.7B
$1.0B
$1.1B
$3.3B
$32.4B
$2.2B
$2.0B
$3.9B
$1.4B
$1.2B
$1.5B
$1.1B
$4.6B
$1.3B
$1.8B
$1.5B
$2.2B
Target: Press Ganey Associates Inc. [USA]
Acquirer: EQT AB [Sweden]
Transaction Value: $2.2B (6.8x EV/Sales, 23.5x EBITDA)
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Corum Research Report
Elon Gasper
Vice President,
Director of Research
Yasmin Khodamoradi
Analyst
Thomas Wright
Analyst
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiation
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1. Determine your own position before
beginning
Peri Pierone has spent the last 25 years creating value in the B2B software marketplace.
He has held numerous strategic roles with large global firms like SAP, Business Objects
and Fiserv where he was part of several key acquisitions and was responsible for
introducing a variety of new applications to market. Peri has also held leading roles in
several small privately held software companies that eventually sold to large private
equity firms or to other strategic buyers. Through the years he has been intimately
involved as an insider on numerous transactions as the acquirer and as the one
positioning itself to be acquired.
Most recently he was CEO of Axiom EPM, where he led the company’s transformation
from a traditional enterprise license business to a true SaaS offering. He was
instrumental in driving the sale of the company in 2014 to strategic buyer, Kaufman Hall.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington and his
M.B.A from Keller Graduate School.
12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
Peri Pierone
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
2. Reveal problems early while leverage
is highest
Peter Prince
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
Peter Prince has spent the last 27 years involved in starting and growing software
companies or large divisions of international software companies. As well as following
his entrepreneurial spirit he has held a number of senior roles for both privately held and
public companies. He was part of several key acquisitions such as Software Artistry to
IBM, Infinium to SSA GT and SSA Global to Golden Gate (Infor).
He was President of SSA Global EMEA prior to its sale and then CEO of Cogniti.
Peter has a diverse background within the software industry spanning Operations,
Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions and Integration. He’s been retained by some of the
largest Private Equity firms in an advisory capacity.
Peter has also focused on investing both time and funding into start-up and young
companies over the recent years in a diverse range of sectors.
He attended Chiltern University attaining a business degree and later attended Harvard
Business School successfully completing an executive course, Launching New
Ventures.
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3. Tackle the most difficult issues first
Steve joined Corum after 25 years of executive experience in various high-tech
industries with both public and private venture-backed startups. He has extensive global
experience, opening international markets and growing sales from zero to tens of million
in revenue. He has been on the forefront of selling several companies and spinning off
software divisions, highlighted by the sale of GetFon to Alestra (AT&T Mexico). He is
fluent in Spanish.
Steve was the founding CEO of Solera Networks, a real-time intrusion detection security
company. He also co-founded Auction Trust Network, an eCommerce company for
online exchanges; which he sold to MediaForge (Rakuten Marketing).
Steve is a board member of several software companies and has industry expertise in
several areas: enterprise apps and infrastructure, security, mobile and wireless, media &
entertainment, supply chain, and embedded devices/systems (IoT).
Steve Jones
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
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4. Make use of “straw men”
12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
Jon joined Corum in 2010 out of their Seattle headquarters and is now based in
Amsterdam. He has close to 30 years experience serving high technology companies
with the last 20 mainly in chief operating and chief executive roles. During this time Jon
has become known for his ability to successfully integrate strategies and tactics into
well executed operating plans, building strong teams and achieving excellent results.
Jon has served as President and CEO of The PowerTech Group, a security and
compliance software company sold to Help/Systems in 2008, and Microserv
Technology Services, a nationwide tech services company which was acquired by
Halifax Corporation in 2003. Earlier he served as President and COO of Traveling
Software, a leading developer of communications software in Seattle. Prior to his
operating roles Jon held vice president roles in sales, marketing and business
development for technology companies.
Jon has taught in the software product management program at the University of
Washington and holds a business administration degree from San Francisco State
University.
Jon Scott
Managing Director
Corum Group
International
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
5. Don’t let the buyer “serially negotiate”
Entertainment software entrepreneur Jim Perkins is directly responsible for publishing
some of the industry’s biggest franchises, including Unreal, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein,
Doom, Hunting Unlimited, and Driver. A well-known senior executive with a 22-year
track record of publishing such bestselling hits, he founded and grew two highly
successful software publishing companies (FormGen and ARUSH) from start-ups to
multi-million dollar enterprises.
Jim also launched Radar Group, the first Transmedia Incubation Company to monetize
entertainment franchises across all media, including film and television. His success
and extensive experience in software production, marketing and public relations,
packaging, online and retail distribution and software M&A, uniquely qualify him as an
expert in building value and realizing wealth. Jim joined Corum Group, the world’s
leading software M&A firm, with a specific focus on educating and helping prospective
sellers maximize the value of their digital media companies.Jim Perkins
Executive Vice President
Corum Group, Ltd.
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
6. Don’t imply by words or body language
you accept buyer positions
Rob Schram
Senior Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
Rob has over 30 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in multiple
technologies: Integrated circuit testing, industrial process automation and control,
communications software, security software, and energy software and services.
Rob has founded and sold several companies and engaged in two IPOs. He was
most recently CEO of Evergreen Fuel Technologies, Inc. in the energy sector. Rob
is a broadly skilled strategic development professional with a proven reputation for
targeting, negotiating and developing profitable ventures and a demonstrated
ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical business requirements,
identify deficiencies and opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective
solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving
customer relationships.
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
7. Don’t let them get the milk without
buying the cow
Allan Wilson
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
Allan has over 30 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience and has built
and sold several software companies in sectors including, manufacturing, supply
chain, big data, predictive analytics and social networks. He has deep understanding
of Aerospace, Automotive, High Tech, Healthcare, Consumer Products and Military
Contracting operating models.
Allan has extensive international experience and lived in Germany for a time working
for SAP, following the sale of his company to them in 2009.
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
8. Don’t get emotional – use
intermediaries to take the heat
Steve Hassett
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
Steve was previously a corporate development executive with Verint Systems, Sage
Group plc, and ran a new ventures group for The Weather Channel. Prior to that he
was CEO of iTendant, a SaaS and mobile software company he co-founded in 2000.
He is the author of the "The Risk Premium Factor: A New Model for Understanding the
Volatile Forces that Drive Stock Prices" (Wiley 2011) and has also published in the
Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Ad Age, CNBC.com and is a regular
contributing author for the Seeking Alpha investment website. Steve is also inventor of
U.S. Patent 9,378,515, which deals with the availability of mobile content based on a
user's location and the time of transmission.
He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and
a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
9. Ensure rapid document turnaround
Rob Griggs
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
As a serial entrepreneur and investment banker, Rob Griggs has had a successful 35+
year career in the high technology arena. Early in his career he was a top performer at
Apple before starting his first software company in the mid-1980’s. As a founder of
Authorware / MacroMedia, NetRadio, Wit Capital, and many other companies, Rob’s
sales, marketing, business development and capital raising skills have been honed over
supporting hundreds of company financial transactions during his career.
His success and extensive experience in software M&A uniquely qualify him as an expert
in building value and realizing wealth. Rob joined Corum Group, the world’s leading
software M&A firm, with a specific focus on educating and helping prospective sellers
maximize the value of their technology companies.
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12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
10. Get an experienced attorney
Ivan Ruzic
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
Ivan Ruzic has had a successful 30+ year career in the software business that has
included virtually every senior executive role. His resume spans marquee companies
such as BEA systems, Novell and Borland as well as multiple startups including his own.
His international experience is extensive and in addition to the United States has been
involved in mergers and acquisitions in Europe, Africa and Asia.
His success and extensive experience qualify him as an expert in building value and
realizing wealth. Ivan joined Corum Group, the world’s leading software M&A firm, with a
specific focus on educating and helping prospective sellers maximize the value of their
technology companies.
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11. Get alignment between ownership,
advisor & attorney
David Levine
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
Dave joined Corum in 2015 and has a diverse background in technology and life
sciences. As an executive and entrepreneur, Dave has been operating and investing
in companies sitting at the convergence of commerce and eCommerce as well as
innovative life science businesses for over twenty-five years. Recently, Dave was
CEO North America for Gaxsys, an eCommerce and logistics company that is a
leader in last mile logistics and fulfillment for eCommerce marketplaces.
Dave has been on both sides of the mergers and acquisitions table having sold a life
science technology company, facilitated sell side and buy side technology transactions
and has also scaled multiple technology companies globally in the eCommerce, life
sciences and innovation intelligence markets. Dave sits on boards of public and
private companies including one company that recently filed for an IPO.
Dave holds a business degree from the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
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12. Get everyone on the phone together
Daniel Bernstein
Vice President
Corum Group Ltd.
Daniel Bernstein has worked in a number of roles over a twenty year career in high
technology, most recently as the founder and CEO of Sandlot Games Corporation, a
leading casual games publisher and developer. Having sold Sandlot Games to Digital
Chocolate in 2011, Daniel started a small games studio and a consulting practice
where he advises larger companies such as RealNetworks and smaller high growth
businesses on product development, strategic initiatives, and M&A opportunities.
Prior to Sandlot Games, Daniel Bernstein held director level positions in companies
such as Wild Tangent and Monolith. An accomplished composer, Daniel also writes
music for most of the games he works on.
Daniel holds a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Music Composition from the
University of Virginia.
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Tech M&A Monthly: 12 Negotiation Tips from the Pros

  • 1. 1 Tech M&A Monthly 12 Negotiation Tips from the Pros August 11, 2016
  • 2. 2 A leader in the software industry, Bruce has founded or owned four software companies, including the largest vertical market software company, AMI, an Inc. 500 firm rated by IDC as the fastest growing computer-related company in the world. He has served on advisory boards for Microsoft, IBM, DEC, Comdex and Apple, and as board member/founding investor in some of the most innovative firms in their field, including Blue Coat, Bright Star and Sabaki. Past advisor to two governors and a senator, a board member of the Washington Technology Center, and founder of the WTIA, the nation’s most active regional technology trade association. He worked with the Canadian government to found SoftWorld, and he was recently chosen as one of the 200 most influential individuals in the IT community in Europe. He was also the only American juror for the recent Tornado 100 Awards given to Europe’s top technology firms A graduate with Distinction from Harvard Business School, Bruce has written three books on business models for success, including Power Planning. He is a frequent lecturer and author. Welcome Bruce Milne CEO Corum Group Ltd.
  • 3. 3 Agenda Welcome Market Overview August 2016 Research Report 12 Tips for M&A Negotiation Q&A
  • 4. 4 1. Disruptive trends – Strategic imperative to buy 2. Cash – Strategic & financial buyers 3. Low cost debt for leveraged buyouts 4. Many new buyers (IPOs, non-tech) 5. Strong financial markets 6. Megadeals disruption 6 Reasons Tech M&A Will Remain Strong
  • 5. 5 Second tier strategics Tertiary PE firms Bottom feeders Preemptive buyers Record Unsolicited Interest
  • 6. 6 They are trying to lock you up Often demand exclusive negotiations Don’t want you talking to others Want to pay less than true value Remember your fiduciary obligation! Seller’s biggest single mistake… …dealing with only one buyer
  • 7. 7 Tech M&A Guideline Percentages  Buyer solicitations that result in transaction  Average improvement from first offer with an auction process  How often another firm is willing to pay more than the initial bidder  Deals involving only one bidder that are suboptimal  Failure rate in “self-managed” tech M&A
  • 8. 8  This is the most important transaction of your life  The bulk of your family/partner wealth is involved  It deserves the same diligence you put into building  Never just respond to the first interest – leverage it  Achieve an optimal outcome with global partner search Selling your tech company
  • 9. 9 Upcoming Tech M&A Events Events within 90 days: www.CorumGroup.com/Events San Diego Nashville London Cincinnati Amsterdam Salt Lake City Los Angeles Princeton San Francisco Wilmington Calgary Phoenix Edmonton Denver Atlanta Berlin Detroit Munich Dublin Stockholm Seattle Chicago Cleveland Dayton Austin Dallas Houston Reston Sacramento Toronto Ottawa Montreal
  • 10. 10 Corum Research Report Elon Gasper Vice President, Director of Research Yasmin Khodamoradi Analyst Thomas Wright Analyst
  • 12. 12 *Since the Great Depression. Source: S&P Capital IQ, The Associated Press Macro view: 4 Longest* Bull Market Runs Start End Years Dotcom Bubble Oct. 11, 1990 Mar. 24, 2000 9.5 Current Mar. 9, 2009 ? 7.4 Postwar Boom Jun. 13, 1949 Aug. 2, 1956 7.1 That 70s Inflation Oct. 3, 1974 Nov. 28, 1980 6.2
  • 13. 13 Corum Index Market Transactions July 2016July 2015 420 315 Mega Deals 5 13 Largest Deal $5.1B $32B Pipeline Private Equity Deals 21 21 VC Backed Exits 5463 Attributes 39% Cross Border Transactions 40% Start-Up Acquisitions 10%13% 15 yrs15 yrs Average Life of Target 160% July 2015 July 2016 July 2015 July 2016 0% 25% 23% 14% 3% 527%
  • 14. 14 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B
  • 15. 15 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Target: ARM Holdings [UK] Acquirer: SoftBank Corp. [Japan] Transaction Value: $32.4B (20.9x EV/S and 46.2x EBITDA)
  • 16. 16 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Target: NetSuite Inc. [USA] Acquirer: Oracle Corporation [USA] Transaction Value: $9.3B (10.8x EV/S) Largest-ever SaaS deal
  • 17. 17 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Target: Jet.com Inc. [USA] Acquirer: Walmart [USA] Transaction Value: $3.3B
  • 18. 18 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Merged Target: LogMeIn Inc. [USA] Acquirer: Citrix Systems Inc. (GoTo business) [USA] Transaction Value: $1.8B (5.2x EV/S and 45.5x EBITDA)
  • 19. 19 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Target: VIZIO [USA] Acquirer: LeEco [China] Transaction Value: $2.0B
  • 20. 20 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Target: Yahoo! [USA] Acquirer: Verizon [USA] Transaction Value: $4.8B (1.0x EV/S)
  • 21. 21 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Target: Fleetmatics [Ireland] Acquirer: Verizon [USA] Transaction Value: $2.4B (7.5x EV/S and 32x EBITDA)
  • 22. 22 Vertical Market 4.7x 18.4x Public Valuation Multiples EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA July 2016Since Q2 Rising to record levels as the SaaS steamroller continues… …also driving EBITDA ratios to record highs
  • 23. 23 Vertical Market 4.7x 18.4x Deal Spotlight: Healthcare EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA July 2016Since Q2 Rising to record levels as the SaaS steamroller continues… …also driving EBITDA ratios to record highs Target: Imprivata [USA] Acquirer: Thoma Bravo [USA] Transaction Value: $544M (4.4x EV/Sales) - Single sign-on (SSO) and password management software for healthcare providers - Helps Imprivata elaborate more on its products for the largest hospitals - Expands Thoma Bravo’s stack of healthcare IT investments Sold to
  • 24. 24 Vertical Market 4.7x 18.4x Deal Spotlights: Healthcare EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA July 2016Since Q2 Rising to record levels as the SaaS steamroller continues… …also driving EBITDA ratios to record highs Sold to Target: Wellcentive Inc. [USA] Acquirer: Philips [Netherlands] - Population health management and related data analytics SaaS - Cloud-based systems for aggregating and analyzing healthcare claims and financial data Target: Performance Management Services Inc. [USA] Acquirer: HealthStream Inc. [USA] Transaction Value: $4M - Web-based performance assessment SaaS in the nursing industry Sold to Sold to Target: Morrisey Associates. [USA] Acquirer: Echo Inc (HealthStream Inc.) [USA] Transaction Value: $48M - Credentialing and privileging solutions for healthcare professionals Sold to
  • 25. 25 Vertical Market 4.7x 18.4x Deal Spotlights: Healthcare EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA July 2016Since Q2 Rising to record levels as the SaaS steamroller continues… …also driving EBITDA ratios to record highs Sold to Target: Open Objects Software [UK] Acquirer: Idox [UK] Transaction Value: $4.7M (1.1x EV/Sales and 5.2x EBITDA) - Medical and social care SaaS Target: Dedalus S.p.A. [Italy] Acquirer: Ardian [France] - Healthcare clinical management software and SaaS - Highlights the growing interest of PEs in the healthtech market Sold to
  • 26. 26 Vertical Market 4.7x 18.4x Deal Spotlights: Education EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA July 2016Since Q2 Rising to record levels as the SaaS steamroller continues… …also driving EBITDA ratios to record highs Sold to Target: n2y [USA] Acquirer: The Riverside Company [USA] - Special-needs student educational materials and teacher curricula SaaS Sold to Target: CyberHound [Australia] Acquirer: BigAir Group [Australia] Transaction Value: $5.1M - Student well-being predictive analytics and social media analysis and monitoring software and managed services
  • 27. 27 Vertical Market 4.7x 18.4x Deal Spotlights: Education EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA July 2016Since Q2 Rising to record levels as the SaaS steamroller continues… …also driving EBITDA ratios to record highs Sold to Sold to Target: The Alpha School System [aka TASS] [Australia] Acquirer: Volaris Group Inc. [Constellation Software] [Canada] - School administration, information systems and learning management SaaS Target: Guangdong Header Information Technology [dba Header] [China] Acquirer: Beijing IRtouch Systems [dba IRtouch Systems] [China] Transaction Value: $120M (reported) - Educational software and SaaS for Chinese institutions
  • 28. 28 Vertical Market 4.7x 18.4x Deal Spotlight: Education EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA July 2016Since Q2 Rising to record levels as the SaaS steamroller continues… …also driving EBITDA ratios to record highs Target: LastMile IT Systems [dba QuickEdmin] [India] Acquirer: Ray Business Technologies [dba Raybiztech] [India] - Сollege ERP SaaS for higher educational institutions - Brings Raybiztech more competence in digital ERP for education - Balances Raybiztech’s reach towards India and gets it tuned for more acquisitions in the enterprise domain. Sold to
  • 29. 29 IT Services Software Market 1.1x 10.7x Public Valuation Multiples EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA …EBITDA multiple climbing back near historic highs. Steady after an increase in the first half of the year with… July 2016Since Q2
  • 30. 30 IT Services Software Market 1.1x 10.7x Deal Spotlights: Call Center Services EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA …EBITDA multiple climbing back near historic highs. Steady after an increase in the first half of the year with… July 2016Since Q2 Sold to Sold to Target: Minacs [CX Partners/Capital Square Partners] [Canada] Acquirer: SYNNEX Corporation [USA] Transaction Value: $420M (1.1x EV/Sales) - BPO services, with an emphasis on customer care Target: buw Unternehmensgruppe [aka buw Group] [Germany] Acquirer: Convergys Corporation [USA] Transaction Value: $136.9M (0.8x EV/Sales) - Outsourced inbound and outbound customer care and call center services
  • 31. 31 IT Services Software Market 1.1x 10.7x Deal Spotlights: System Integrators EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA …EBITDA multiple climbing back near historic highs. Steady after an increase in the first half of the year with… July 2016Since Q2 Sold to Sold to Sold to Target: Capscient Corporation [USA] Acquirer: PCB Apps [USA] - On-premise Oracle/JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, E1, World ERP and BI systems integration Target: Virtuoso [USA] Acquirer: AMERI Holdings Inc [dba Ameri100] [USA] - SAP Business Suite systems optimization and systems integration services Target: Complete Business Systems [dba CBS] [UK] Acquirer: APH Computers [dba APH] [UK] - SAP Business One ERP systems integration and relate software development services
  • 32. 32 IT Services Software Market 1.1x 10.7x Deal Spotlights: System Integrators EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA …EBITDA multiple climbing back near historic highs. Steady after an increase in the first half of the year with… July 2016Since Q2 Target: BPR Solutions [Australia] Acquirer: Fusion5 [Australia] - NetSuite implementation and systems integration services Target: Sixtree [Australia] Acquirer: Deloitte Australia [Deloitte] [Australia] - Cloud systems and network integration services, including legacy and cloud migration Sold to Sold to
  • 33. 33 Internet Market Public Valuation Multiples 4.0x 23.1x EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA Surging to a 12-month high amid high-profile megadeals… …while high EBITDA ratios dip only slightly July 2016Since Q2
  • 34. 34 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B Target: Uber China [Uber] [USA] Acquirer: Didi Chuxing [China] Transaction Value: $7.0B (reported)
  • 35. 35 Internet Market Deal Spotlights: Ticketing 4.0x 23.1x EV Sales Corum Analysis EV EBITDA Surging to a 12-month high amid high-profile megadeals… …while high EBITDA ratios dip only slightly July 2016Since Q2 Sold to Sold to Sold to Target: Yatra Online [dba Yatra.com] [India] Acquirer: Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corporation [USA] Transaction Value: $218M (3.5x EV/Sales) - Indian online travel reservations services Target: Tripcombi UG [fka tripdelta] [Germany] Acquirer: Fareportal Inc. [USA] - Online flights aggregation search service Target: Charged.fm [USA] Acquirer: Vendini [USA] - Event ticketing marketplace
  • 36. 36 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B$1.2B $25B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B
  • 37. 37 Mega Deals - 2016 YTD $49B$21B HORIZONTAL $30B $53B INFRASTRUCTUREINTERNETIT SERVICES $3.1B $5.0B $6.0B $6.0B IT Services division CONSUMER $19B $1.5B $8.5B $2.0B $3.3B $2.8B $3.0B $1.0B $1.1B $1.6B $1.7B $2.5B $2.1B $1.5B $1.4B $1.2B $28B VERTICAL $1.3B $9.3B $4.4B $26.2B $1.0B $2.7B $1.1B Intellectual Property Solutions $3.5B $7.0B $4.8B $1.0B $1.0B $2.4B $6.9B $5.9B $2.6B $2.7B $1.0B $1.1B $3.3B $32.4B $2.2B $2.0B $3.9B $1.4B $1.2B $1.5B $1.1B $4.6B $1.3B $1.8B $1.5B $2.2B Target: Press Ganey Associates Inc. [USA] Acquirer: EQT AB [Sweden] Transaction Value: $2.2B (6.8x EV/Sales, 23.5x EBITDA)
  • 38. 38 Corum Research Report Elon Gasper Vice President, Director of Research Yasmin Khodamoradi Analyst Thomas Wright Analyst
  • 39. 39 12 Tips for M&A Negotiation
  • 40. 40 1. Determine your own position before beginning Peri Pierone has spent the last 25 years creating value in the B2B software marketplace. He has held numerous strategic roles with large global firms like SAP, Business Objects and Fiserv where he was part of several key acquisitions and was responsible for introducing a variety of new applications to market. Peri has also held leading roles in several small privately held software companies that eventually sold to large private equity firms or to other strategic buyers. Through the years he has been intimately involved as an insider on numerous transactions as the acquirer and as the one positioning itself to be acquired. Most recently he was CEO of Axiom EPM, where he led the company’s transformation from a traditional enterprise license business to a true SaaS offering. He was instrumental in driving the sale of the company in 2014 to strategic buyer, Kaufman Hall. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington and his M.B.A from Keller Graduate School. 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations Peri Pierone Vice President Corum Group Ltd.
  • 41. 41 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 2. Reveal problems early while leverage is highest Peter Prince Vice President Corum Group Ltd. Peter Prince has spent the last 27 years involved in starting and growing software companies or large divisions of international software companies. As well as following his entrepreneurial spirit he has held a number of senior roles for both privately held and public companies. He was part of several key acquisitions such as Software Artistry to IBM, Infinium to SSA GT and SSA Global to Golden Gate (Infor). He was President of SSA Global EMEA prior to its sale and then CEO of Cogniti. Peter has a diverse background within the software industry spanning Operations, Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions and Integration. He’s been retained by some of the largest Private Equity firms in an advisory capacity. Peter has also focused on investing both time and funding into start-up and young companies over the recent years in a diverse range of sectors. He attended Chiltern University attaining a business degree and later attended Harvard Business School successfully completing an executive course, Launching New Ventures.
  • 42. 42 3. Tackle the most difficult issues first Steve joined Corum after 25 years of executive experience in various high-tech industries with both public and private venture-backed startups. He has extensive global experience, opening international markets and growing sales from zero to tens of million in revenue. He has been on the forefront of selling several companies and spinning off software divisions, highlighted by the sale of GetFon to Alestra (AT&T Mexico). He is fluent in Spanish. Steve was the founding CEO of Solera Networks, a real-time intrusion detection security company. He also co-founded Auction Trust Network, an eCommerce company for online exchanges; which he sold to MediaForge (Rakuten Marketing). Steve is a board member of several software companies and has industry expertise in several areas: enterprise apps and infrastructure, security, mobile and wireless, media & entertainment, supply chain, and embedded devices/systems (IoT). Steve Jones Vice President Corum Group Ltd. 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations
  • 43. 43 4. Make use of “straw men” 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations Jon joined Corum in 2010 out of their Seattle headquarters and is now based in Amsterdam. He has close to 30 years experience serving high technology companies with the last 20 mainly in chief operating and chief executive roles. During this time Jon has become known for his ability to successfully integrate strategies and tactics into well executed operating plans, building strong teams and achieving excellent results. Jon has served as President and CEO of The PowerTech Group, a security and compliance software company sold to Help/Systems in 2008, and Microserv Technology Services, a nationwide tech services company which was acquired by Halifax Corporation in 2003. Earlier he served as President and COO of Traveling Software, a leading developer of communications software in Seattle. Prior to his operating roles Jon held vice president roles in sales, marketing and business development for technology companies. Jon has taught in the software product management program at the University of Washington and holds a business administration degree from San Francisco State University. Jon Scott Managing Director Corum Group International
  • 44. 44 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 5. Don’t let the buyer “serially negotiate” Entertainment software entrepreneur Jim Perkins is directly responsible for publishing some of the industry’s biggest franchises, including Unreal, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein, Doom, Hunting Unlimited, and Driver. A well-known senior executive with a 22-year track record of publishing such bestselling hits, he founded and grew two highly successful software publishing companies (FormGen and ARUSH) from start-ups to multi-million dollar enterprises. Jim also launched Radar Group, the first Transmedia Incubation Company to monetize entertainment franchises across all media, including film and television. His success and extensive experience in software production, marketing and public relations, packaging, online and retail distribution and software M&A, uniquely qualify him as an expert in building value and realizing wealth. Jim joined Corum Group, the world’s leading software M&A firm, with a specific focus on educating and helping prospective sellers maximize the value of their digital media companies.Jim Perkins Executive Vice President Corum Group, Ltd.
  • 45. 45 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 6. Don’t imply by words or body language you accept buyer positions Rob Schram Senior Vice President Corum Group Ltd. Rob has over 30 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience in multiple technologies: Integrated circuit testing, industrial process automation and control, communications software, security software, and energy software and services. Rob has founded and sold several companies and engaged in two IPOs. He was most recently CEO of Evergreen Fuel Technologies, Inc. in the energy sector. Rob is a broadly skilled strategic development professional with a proven reputation for targeting, negotiating and developing profitable ventures and a demonstrated ability to successfully analyze an organization's critical business requirements, identify deficiencies and opportunities, and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving customer relationships.
  • 46. 46 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 7. Don’t let them get the milk without buying the cow Allan Wilson Vice President Corum Group Ltd. Allan has over 30 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience and has built and sold several software companies in sectors including, manufacturing, supply chain, big data, predictive analytics and social networks. He has deep understanding of Aerospace, Automotive, High Tech, Healthcare, Consumer Products and Military Contracting operating models. Allan has extensive international experience and lived in Germany for a time working for SAP, following the sale of his company to them in 2009.
  • 47. 47 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 8. Don’t get emotional – use intermediaries to take the heat Steve Hassett Vice President Corum Group Ltd. Steve was previously a corporate development executive with Verint Systems, Sage Group plc, and ran a new ventures group for The Weather Channel. Prior to that he was CEO of iTendant, a SaaS and mobile software company he co-founded in 2000. He is the author of the "The Risk Premium Factor: A New Model for Understanding the Volatile Forces that Drive Stock Prices" (Wiley 2011) and has also published in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Ad Age, CNBC.com and is a regular contributing author for the Seeking Alpha investment website. Steve is also inventor of U.S. Patent 9,378,515, which deals with the availability of mobile content based on a user's location and the time of transmission. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • 48. 48 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 9. Ensure rapid document turnaround Rob Griggs Vice President Corum Group Ltd. As a serial entrepreneur and investment banker, Rob Griggs has had a successful 35+ year career in the high technology arena. Early in his career he was a top performer at Apple before starting his first software company in the mid-1980’s. As a founder of Authorware / MacroMedia, NetRadio, Wit Capital, and many other companies, Rob’s sales, marketing, business development and capital raising skills have been honed over supporting hundreds of company financial transactions during his career. His success and extensive experience in software M&A uniquely qualify him as an expert in building value and realizing wealth. Rob joined Corum Group, the world’s leading software M&A firm, with a specific focus on educating and helping prospective sellers maximize the value of their technology companies.
  • 49. 49 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 10. Get an experienced attorney Ivan Ruzic Vice President Corum Group Ltd. Ivan Ruzic has had a successful 30+ year career in the software business that has included virtually every senior executive role. His resume spans marquee companies such as BEA systems, Novell and Borland as well as multiple startups including his own. His international experience is extensive and in addition to the United States has been involved in mergers and acquisitions in Europe, Africa and Asia. His success and extensive experience qualify him as an expert in building value and realizing wealth. Ivan joined Corum Group, the world’s leading software M&A firm, with a specific focus on educating and helping prospective sellers maximize the value of their technology companies.
  • 50. 50 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 11. Get alignment between ownership, advisor & attorney David Levine Vice President Corum Group Ltd. Dave joined Corum in 2015 and has a diverse background in technology and life sciences. As an executive and entrepreneur, Dave has been operating and investing in companies sitting at the convergence of commerce and eCommerce as well as innovative life science businesses for over twenty-five years. Recently, Dave was CEO North America for Gaxsys, an eCommerce and logistics company that is a leader in last mile logistics and fulfillment for eCommerce marketplaces. Dave has been on both sides of the mergers and acquisitions table having sold a life science technology company, facilitated sell side and buy side technology transactions and has also scaled multiple technology companies globally in the eCommerce, life sciences and innovation intelligence markets. Dave sits on boards of public and private companies including one company that recently filed for an IPO. Dave holds a business degree from the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.
  • 51. 51 12 Tips for M&A Negotiations 12. Get everyone on the phone together Daniel Bernstein Vice President Corum Group Ltd. Daniel Bernstein has worked in a number of roles over a twenty year career in high technology, most recently as the founder and CEO of Sandlot Games Corporation, a leading casual games publisher and developer. Having sold Sandlot Games to Digital Chocolate in 2011, Daniel started a small games studio and a consulting practice where he advises larger companies such as RealNetworks and smaller high growth businesses on product development, strategic initiatives, and M&A opportunities. Prior to Sandlot Games, Daniel Bernstein held director level positions in companies such as Wild Tangent and Monolith. An accomplished composer, Daniel also writes music for most of the games he works on. Daniel holds a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Music Composition from the University of Virginia.
  • 52. 52 Upcoming Conference Schedule Selling Up Selling Out (SUSO) - Ready to go to market? During this half-day workshop, learn to prepare, position, research, value, negotiate, and execute due diligence for maximum price and structure. This is the most attended Tech M&A event ever – participants have done over $1 trillion in transaction value. Merge Briefing (MB) - The Merge Briefing is a 90-minute executive briefing providing a current M&A market update (trends, valuations, etc.), as well as a brief overview of the Tech M&A process: “8 Steps To An Optimal Outcome.” www.CorumGroup.com/Events Aug. 23: London – MB Aug. 23: San Diego – MB Aug. 24: Amsterdam – SUSO Aug. 24: Los Angeles – MB Aug. 25: San Francisco - SUSO Sep. 14: Atlanta – SUSO Sep. 15: Nashville – MB Sep 16.: Cincinnati – MB Sep. 20: Salt Lake City – SUSO Sep. 22: Wilmington – MB Sep. 27: Barcelona – MB Sep. 27: Denver – SUSO Sep. 28: Phoenix – SUSO Sep. 29: Berlin – SUSO

Editor's Notes

  1. Key Message: Act now to test the market   Here are some reasons why we think M&A deal activity will remain strong for a while longer. This doesn’t mean wait – it means stay vigilant. Never underestimate the value of testing the market either. What you learn and the positive impact it can have on your business and wealth creation cannot be found in any other initiative.   In summary, there are 5 solid reasons why tech M&A will remain strong.   1) The first as we mentioned is the confluence of so many mega-trends, many of them disruptive with compelling reasons, like survival, to buy.   2) Then way too much cash looking for acquisitions by the strategic and financial buyers.   3) Record low debt. Do you know what IBM and Microsoft paid as a coupon rate on some convertible debt last year? (Expect an answer). The answer is ZERO INTEREST. This has never happened in history. People were willing to get no interest in anticipation of the stock going up.   4) Many new foreign buyers – newly minted public companies pushing the traditional firms in the bidding. It’s interesting, the Chinese government will actually help fund acquisitions – they want to get rid of all those dollars before they depreciate due to runaway inflation which will likely happen given our mounting debt. Then we have the entrance of unlikely non tech buyers that we haven’t seen before – like Bosch and Brother – remember. They too have cash hoards and need to reinvent themselves, provide some tech added value to their product or service portfolio.   5) The financial markets are very strong – once again. The recovery advances. Financial buyers are flush. Funding is more prevalent and from many more sources than ever before. Start-ups and small businesses have access to big new pool of potential investors and are able to reach them directly.   The Venture Capital model has changed dramatically. It costs so much less to develop high impact, commercial ready technology today than it once did. VC’s are getting involved later after product viability has been established to build -out commercialization. Entrepreneurs are happy to keep the equity to themselves until later in the development of their company and drive stronger pre-money valuations.
  2. Key Message: Act now to test the market   Here are some reasons why we think M&A deal activity will remain strong for a while longer. This doesn’t mean wait – it means stay vigilant. Never underestimate the value of testing the market either. What you learn and the positive impact it can have on your business and wealth creation cannot be found in any other initiative.   In summary, there are 5 solid reasons why tech M&A will remain strong.   1) The first as we mentioned is the confluence of so many mega-trends, many of them disruptive with compelling reasons, like survival, to buy.   2) Then way too much cash looking for acquisitions by the strategic and financial buyers.   3) Record low debt. Do you know what IBM and Microsoft paid as a coupon rate on some convertible debt last year? (Expect an answer). The answer is ZERO INTEREST. This has never happened in history. People were willing to get no interest in anticipation of the stock going up.   4) Many new foreign buyers – newly minted public companies pushing the traditional firms in the bidding. It’s interesting, the Chinese government will actually help fund acquisitions – they want to get rid of all those dollars before they depreciate due to runaway inflation which will likely happen given our mounting debt. Then we have the entrance of unlikely non tech buyers that we haven’t seen before – like Bosch and Brother – remember. They too have cash hoards and need to reinvent themselves, provide some tech added value to their product or service portfolio.   5) The financial markets are very strong – once again. The recovery advances. Financial buyers are flush. Funding is more prevalent and from many more sources than ever before. Start-ups and small businesses have access to big new pool of potential investors and are able to reach them directly.   The Venture Capital model has changed dramatically. It costs so much less to develop high impact, commercial ready technology today than it once did. VC’s are getting involved later after product viability has been established to build -out commercialization. Entrepreneurs are happy to keep the equity to themselves until later in the development of their company and drive stronger pre-money valuations.
  3. Key Message: Act now to test the market   Here are some reasons why we think M&A deal activity will remain strong for a while longer. This doesn’t mean wait – it means stay vigilant. Never underestimate the value of testing the market either. What you learn and the positive impact it can have on your business and wealth creation cannot be found in any other initiative.   In summary, there are 5 solid reasons why tech M&A will remain strong.   1) The first as we mentioned is the confluence of so many mega-trends, many of them disruptive with compelling reasons, like survival, to buy.   2) Then way too much cash looking for acquisitions by the strategic and financial buyers.   3) Record low debt. Do you know what IBM and Microsoft paid as a coupon rate on some convertible debt last year? (Expect an answer). The answer is ZERO INTEREST. This has never happened in history. People were willing to get no interest in anticipation of the stock going up.   4) Many new foreign buyers – newly minted public companies pushing the traditional firms in the bidding. It’s interesting, the Chinese government will actually help fund acquisitions – they want to get rid of all those dollars before they depreciate due to runaway inflation which will likely happen given our mounting debt. Then we have the entrance of unlikely non tech buyers that we haven’t seen before – like Bosch and Brother – remember. They too have cash hoards and need to reinvent themselves, provide some tech added value to their product or service portfolio.   5) The financial markets are very strong – once again. The recovery advances. Financial buyers are flush. Funding is more prevalent and from many more sources than ever before. Start-ups and small businesses have access to big new pool of potential investors and are able to reach them directly.   The Venture Capital model has changed dramatically. It costs so much less to develop high impact, commercial ready technology today than it once did. VC’s are getting involved later after product viability has been established to build -out commercialization. Entrepreneurs are happy to keep the equity to themselves until later in the development of their company and drive stronger pre-money valuations.
  4. Key Message: Act now to test the market   Here are some reasons why we think M&A deal activity will remain strong for a while longer. This doesn’t mean wait – it means stay vigilant. Never underestimate the value of testing the market either. What you learn and the positive impact it can have on your business and wealth creation cannot be found in any other initiative.   In summary, there are 5 solid reasons why tech M&A will remain strong.   1) The first as we mentioned is the confluence of so many mega-trends, many of them disruptive with compelling reasons, like survival, to buy.   2) Then way too much cash looking for acquisitions by the strategic and financial buyers.   3) Record low debt. Do you know what IBM and Microsoft paid as a coupon rate on some convertible debt last year? (Expect an answer). The answer is ZERO INTEREST. This has never happened in history. People were willing to get no interest in anticipation of the stock going up.   4) Many new foreign buyers – newly minted public companies pushing the traditional firms in the bidding. It’s interesting, the Chinese government will actually help fund acquisitions – they want to get rid of all those dollars before they depreciate due to runaway inflation which will likely happen given our mounting debt. Then we have the entrance of unlikely non tech buyers that we haven’t seen before – like Bosch and Brother – remember. They too have cash hoards and need to reinvent themselves, provide some tech added value to their product or service portfolio.   5) The financial markets are very strong – once again. The recovery advances. Financial buyers are flush. Funding is more prevalent and from many more sources than ever before. Start-ups and small businesses have access to big new pool of potential investors and are able to reach them directly.   The Venture Capital model has changed dramatically. It costs so much less to develop high impact, commercial ready technology today than it once did. VC’s are getting involved later after product viability has been established to build -out commercialization. Entrepreneurs are happy to keep the equity to themselves until later in the development of their company and drive stronger pre-money valuations.
  5. Sept 4, 2015 – Aug 5, 2016 US Public Markets
  6. Key Message: Tech M&A for 2016 YTD remains strong, just like 2015, a very strong year We can see from the Corum Index how strong 2015 was for tech M&A. Here we see a snapshot the activity from Feb 2015 compared to the same for Feb 2016. In the broader market, the number of deals is down but only slightly for the month. This month to month fluctuation is normal while mega deals are up. The pipeline indices are down while financial buyers and investors catch their breath. Remember though the amount of dry powder (unspent cash) that remains to be invested. The Attributes remain steady, little notable change.
  7. IT services remain to be high in the end of 2014 as companies have some areas in need of growth preferring to do acquisitions to fill up those gaps…
  8. IT services remain to be high in the end of 2014 as companies have some areas in need of growth preferring to do acquisitions to fill up those gaps…
  9. IT services remain to be high in the end of 2014 as companies have some areas in need of growth preferring to do acquisitions to fill up those gaps…
  10. IT services remain to be high in the end of 2014 as companies have some areas in need of growth preferring to do acquisitions to fill up those gaps…
  11. While multiples in the Internet market experienced a slight dip since last month, activity in its pure play subsector remained steady and saw some interesting transaction sets in advertising and online recruitment space….
  12. While multiples in the Internet market experienced a slight dip since last month, activity in its pure play subsector remained steady and saw some interesting transaction sets in advertising and online recruitment space….