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May 16, 2022

Technology industry M&A deals total $68.4bn globally in April 2021

By Carmen

Total technology industry M&A deals worth $68.4bn were announced globally in April 2021, led by Microsoft’s $19.7bn acquisition of Nuance Communications, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 24.9% over the previous month of $90.97bn and a rise of 1% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $67.69bn.

Comparing M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $54.16bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $54.1bn.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in April 2021 was the US with 262 deals, followed by the UK with 64 and Canada with 32.

In 2021, as of April, technology M&A deals worth $277.72bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 340.7% year on year.

technology industry M&A deals in April 2021: Top deals

The top five M&A deals accounted for 57.8% of the overall value during April 2021.

The combined value of the top five technology M&A deals stood at $39.53bn, against the overall value of $68.4bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry M&A deals of April 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Microsoft $19.7bn acquisition deal with Nuance Communications

2) The $7.1bn acquisition of Blue Yonder by Panasonic

3) Gulf Energy Development $5.43bn acquisition deal with Intouch

4) The $4.5bn merger of Altimeter Growth and Grab Holdings by

5) SoftBank Group $2.8bn asset transaction deal with AutoStore

Verdict deals analysis methodology

This analysis considers only announced and completed artificial intelligence 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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