Premium valuations driven by rising demand for cyber security, advanced data analytics and robotic process automation advisory businesses

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The IT Services Global M&A Report 2018
April 2018


Welcome to our annual review of M&A and equity market trends within the IT services industry.

This report looks at the latest developments impacting M&A across the global IT services industry in 2017. We also provide a comprehensive analysis of the Equiteq IT Services Share Price Index, the only published stock price index for the industry.

M&A activity fell after a strong year of deal flow in 2016. Despite these overall falls, we observed continued demand for cloud consulting capabilities, and rising demand for cyber security, advanced data analytics and robotic process automation advisory businesses.

In many of these hot spaces, skilled talent is short - which is driving strategic M&A and premium valuations. Robust pricing and competition for assets is also being supported by rising quoted valuations of listed technology players. This is combined with these cash-rich buyers’ demands for new avenues of growth in transforming spaces of the industry.

The impact of new digital technologies on all sectors of the global economy is driving interest in innovative IT services capabilities from a range of buyers. This includes traditional and non-traditional strategic acquirers, as well as private equity investors that see the potential for stellar returns in the space.

As the industry transforms with new innovations, there is a unique opportunity for pioneering business owners and entrepreneurs to create value and make profitable exits within the disruption zone of the market. We hope that this latest edition of The IT Services Global M&A Report gives you a taste of Equiteq’s unparalleled insights into deal activity within the industry.

If you would like to have a chat about your current sale journey as a business owner or acquisition strategy as an acquirer, please get in touch.

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