The US technology industry saw a drop of 14.1% in overall deal activity during September 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 566 deals worth $13.9bn were announced in September 2019, compared to the 12-month average of 659 deals.

Venture financing was the leading category in the month in terms of volume with 362 deals which accounted for 64% of all deals.

In second place was M&A with 161 deals, followed by private equity with 43 transactions, respectively accounting for 28.4% and 7.6% of overall deal activity in the country’s technology industry during the month.

In terms of value of deals, venture financing was the leading deal category in the US technology industry with total deals worth $5.29bn, while M&A and private equity deals totalled $5.05bn and $3.56bn, respectively.

US technology industry deals in September 2019: Top deals

The top five technology industry deals accounted for 33.8% of the overall value during September 2019.

The combined value of the top five technology deals stood at $4.7bn, against the overall value of $13.9bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry deals of September 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Silver Lake Partners’s $1bn private equity deal with Motorola Solutions

2) The $1bn acquisition of CTRL-labs by Facebook

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3) Vista Equity Partners’s $1bn private equity deal with Acquia

4) The $925m acquisition of Gatan by AMETEK

5) ANSYS’s acquisition of LIVERMORE SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY for $775m.

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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