The technology industry continues to innovate and excite moving as it moves at a fast pace. Technology devices and infrastructure are becoming smarter and more connected, supported by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Digital transformation within businesses and the wider economy is being supported by advancements in IT service provision, notably the adoption of cloud and edge computing technologies.
Strong corporate and private equity balance sheets drove the sector’s robust deal activity in 2021, and buyers used tech M&A to keep up with the rapid pace of digitization across industries and to differentiate themselves with tech capabilities. While IT enjoyed high valuations in recent years, higher interest rates may dampen multiples, which are often discounted far into the future. In recent months, high-growth tech shares have started to underperform, with markets pricing in multiple interest rate hikes from the Fed in 2022.
After consolidation plays and gigantic M&A deals triggered calls for increased scrutiny on potential monopolies, government agencies across the globe have been more aggressive in their antitrust enforcement in various industries, including tech.
* According to Pitchbook’s 2021 Global M&A Report
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First three quarters of 2021 were strong for the Technology sector, while Q4 exhibited a slight slowdown. However, 2021 showed a 4% increase in the total number of deals closed compared to 2020. The activity in Q4 was dominated by Venture Capital investors that represented 71.7% of the transactions. IPOs during the 2021 also reached a record of 2,121 transactions, which was almost 6% higher than in 2020.