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February 16, 2022

Technology industry cross border M&A deals total $47.7bn globally in Q4 2021

By Carmen

Total technology industry cross border M&A deals worth $47.7bn were announced globally in Q4 2021, led by ViaSat’s $7.3bn acquisition of Inmarsat Group Holdings, according to GlobalData’s deals database.



The value marked an increase of 1.2% over the previous quarter of $47.15bn and a drop of 18.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $58.46bn.

Comparing cross border M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $18.6bn. At the country level, the UK topped the list in terms of deal value at $16.34bn.

In terms of volumes, Europe emerged as the top region for technology industry cross border M&A deals globally, followed by North America and then Asia-Pacific.

The top country in terms of cross border M&A deals activity in Q4 2021 was the US with 164 deals, followed by the UK with 99 and Germany with 46.

In 2021, at the end of , cross border M&A deals worth $197.35bn were announced globally in technology industry, marking a decrease of 2.3% year on year.

Cross Border M&A deals in technology industry in Q4 2021: Top deals

The top five cross border M&A deals in technology industry accounted for 48.6% of the overall value during Q4 2021.

The combined value of the top deals stood at $23.19bn, against the overall value of $47.7bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five technology industry cross border technology deals of Q4 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) ViaSat $7.3bn acquisition deal with Inmarsat Group Holdings

2) The $6.2bn acquisition of Vonage by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

3) Aristocrat Leisure $3.71bn acquisition deal with Playtech

4) The $3.15bn acquisition of Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications by Vodacom Group

5) Dye & Durham $2.83bn acquisition deal with Link Administration Holdings

Verdict deals analysis methodology

This analysis considers only announced and completed 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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