We are pleased to share our 2019 Technology M&A Outlook. In this in-depth report, we review the record M&A market activity seen in 2018 and provide a data-backed forecast for the industry in the upcoming year for SaaS, e-commerce and content business owners. We have also shared detailes of our FY’18 performance and some acquisitions that we made during the year which will shape the way business owners and investors in the space complete M&A acquisitions in 2019 and beyond!
Head over to the FE blog to read the full report here. Feel free to share it and let us know what you think!
In related news, CNBC this week reported that private equity investments in cloud software are on the rise in 2019. According to the article, rising multiples for cloud software companies are being driven by heightened private equity investments. Leading PE firm Thoma Bravo’s agreement to acquire Ellie Mae earlier this week is one such example, landing the mortgage company software provider a $3.7 billion valuation. PE firms are utilizing this strategy to compete with the likes of Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, and Oracle as they drive up competition in the M&A market.
In SaaS platform news, Alphabet and Salesforce have together backed a $75 million round of funding for UK platform startup GoCardless. The online payments company processes bank-to-bank payments for small businesses for recurring payments, rather than focus on credit card transactions like major competitors Stripe and Adyen. With clients like The Guardian and Financial Times, GoCardless will use the new injection from two of the largest players in tech to expand activity to the United States.
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Continue reading below for more on CNBC’s report on private equity activity and Salesforce and Alphabet’s backing of GoCardless.
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In The News…
CNBC Reports Heightened PE Investments
CNBC this week reported that private equity firms are some of the main drivers of increased valuations on cloud software companies in 2019.
Thoma Bravo, a major private equity firm based in San Francisco, has agreed to a $3.7 billion acquisition of mortgage company software-provider Ellie Mae. In each of the three proposed multibillion-dollar software acquisitions proposed this year, the buyer has been a major private equity firm. The multiple for Ellie Mae is similar to what Vista paid on Mindbody and Apptio. Over 30 companies in the market are valued between $1 billion and $10 billion according to the Bessemer Cloud Index, which tracks publicly-traded subscription software companies.
So far in 2019, the largest announced cloud software deal has been Hellman & Friedman’s acquisition of Ultimate Software for $11 billion.
Salesforce and Alphabet back Payments Startup GoCardless
Alphabet and Salesforce have this week backed online payments startup GoCardless in a $75 million round of funding.
Alphabet’s venture arm GV partnered with private equity firm Adams Street Partners as co-leaders of the funding round. Co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi stated in an interview to CNBC, “We focus on what we think of as the recurring payments market — subscriptions, invoicing, installments — and each of those markets is super broken.” While GoCardless counts major players like Adyen and Square among its competitors, their focus is on bank-to-bank rather than credit card.
The company will use the new funds to expand operations to the United States.