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March 8, 2021

Asia-Pacific’s technology industry saw a drop of 36.00% in cybersecurity deal activity in Q4 2020

By Carmen

Led by $3.1bn merger of Line and Shiodome Z Holdings, Asia-Pacific’s technology industry saw a drop of 36.00% in cybersecurity deal activity during Q4 2020, when compared to the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 32 cybersecurity deals worth $3.37bn were announced for the region during Q4 2020, against the last four-quarter average of 50 deals.

Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in Q4 2020 with 19, representing a 59.4% share for the region.

In second place was M&A with 13 deals capturing a 40.6% share of the overall cybersecurity deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of cybersecurity deals, M&A was the leading category in Japan’s technology industry with $3.15bn, followed by venture financing deals totalled $225.6m.

Asia-Pacific technology industry cybersecurity deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five technology cybersecurity deals accounted for a 96.7% share of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five cybersecurity deals stood at $3.26bn, against the overall value of $3.37bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five technology industry cybersecurity deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) The $3.1bn merger of Line and Shiodome Z Holdings

2) The $55.87m venture financing of Bozhi Security Technology by Antmi Fund, Baoding Investment, Guojin Dingxing Investment, Qingyan Capital, Shanghai Guoxin Investment & Development and Taizhou Financial Holdings

3) Kunlun Capital and Sequoia Capital China Fund’s $44.64m venture financing of BambooCloud

4) The $30.56m venture financing deal with Beijing Antiy Network Security Technology by China State-owned Enterprise Structural Adjustment Fund

5) National Roads and Motorists’ Association’s venture financing with Elenium Automation for $30m.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

This analysis considers only announced and completed cloud-deals deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.

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