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      MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS UPDATES FROM BERKERY NOYES

    Monday
    Sep252017

    TOM O’CONNOR TO SERVE AS EXPERT PANELIST DURING TELEHEALTH WEBINAR

    HealthCareMandA.com is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 28th that will focus on telehealth. Tom O’Connor, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, has been invited to speak as an expert panelist.

    Telehealth is hailed as a way for healthcare providers to save money, as a solution to the physician shortage, and as a way to meet the healthcare needs of rural communities and hospitals.

    Opponents argue the quality of care is not the same. As state legislatures continue to redefine rules for telehealth companies, investors are signing on to fund local and regional networks.

    The webinar will cover the following topics:

    - Who’s building networks, who’s buying and who’s selling
    - What is affecting current valuations
    - Emerging trends and new players entering the market
    - Expert panelists’ views on the headwinds and tailwinds at play in this market

    As for other recent events, Tom also participated in BDO's Breakfast Networking Healthcare focused dealmakers series, which brought together leaders from some of the most active private equity firms and investment banks in the industry.

    Monday
    Sep252017

    VINEET ASTHANA RECEIVES EMERGING LEADERS AWARD FROM THE M&A ADVISOR

    The M&A Advisor hosted a black tie Awards Gala on Tuesday, September 19th at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan for winners of the 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Awards. 

    Vineet Asthana, Managing Director of Berkery Noyes, was chosen for his accomplishments and expertise from a pool of nominees by an independent judging panel of distinguished business leaders. The M&A Advisor, renowned globally for its recognition of leading M&A, financing and turnaround professionals, created this event to promote mentorship and professional development amongst the emerging business leaders. 

    Tuesday
    Sep122017

    MARTIN MAGIDA TO SPEAK AT THE 3RD ANNUAL ACG NEW ENGLAND FALL CONFERENCE

    Martin Magida, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, will be speaking at the 3rd Annual ACG New England Fall Conference later this month. The event is set to take place on September 18th and 19th in Newport, Rhode Island.

    Martin's panel is going to cover "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Marketing Deals". Topics will include, how can PE funds attract more/better deal flow from intermediaries and other deal professionals; and how can Ibankers get the attention of PE investors for their deals?

    Friday
    Aug182017

    ONLINE M&A VOLUME BEING DRIVEN BY THE COMMUNICATIONS AND E-COMMERCE SEGMENTS

    Berkery Noyes’ Online and Mobile report for first half 2017 revealed that transaction volume increased five percent on a half year basis. Of note, private equity deal activity rose 21 percent. Aggregate industry value fell 37 percent, from $83.25 billion to $52.62 billion. There were five transactions in first half 2017 with disclosed vales above the $1 billion threshold, compared to 16 such deals in second half 2016. The peak for volume and value over the last 30 months occurred in first half 2016.

    As for the Communications segment, volume improved 15 percent in first half 2017, making it the sector with the largest gain in deal activity. High profile segment transactions year-to-date included Atlassian’s acquisition of Trello, a web-based collaboration software and project management service, for $425 million; and BICS’ announced acquisition of TeleSign, a communications platform as a service (CPaaS) company focused on authentication and mobile identity services to Internet and digital service providers, for $230 million.

    M&A activity in the E-Commerce increased 12 percent in first half 2017. Notable segment transactions year-to-date included PetSmart’s acquisition of Chewy, an online retailer for pet products, for $3.35 billion; Amazon’s announced acquisition of Souq, a Dubai-based online retailer, for a reported $650 million; and CVC Capital Partners’ announced acquisition of Etraveli, a global e-commerce platform for flight tickets, for $569 million.

    Deal volume in the E-Marketing & Search segment decreased three percent on a half year basis. Notable segment transactions thus far in 2017 included Oracle’s acquisition of Moat, an ad measurement company, for a reported $850 million; and Vector Capital’s acquisition of Experian’s Cross-Channel Marketing business for $300 million.

    “Programmatic buying, native advertising, and retargeting presents an opportunity for the traditional media players to reach their audiences on a variety of platforms,” said Vineet Asthana, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “The ad tech space is getting crowded and should be ripe for consolidation moving forward. Acquirers in the middle market seem to be especially keen on picking up digital companies that have either a regional focus or differentiated technological offerings.”

    Tuesday
    Jul252017

    INTERNET MEDIA AND B2B DEAL VOLUME SURGING IN THE MEDIA AND MARKETING INDUSTRY 

    According to Berkery Noyes’ Media and Marketing report for first half 2017, deal volume increased three percent on a half year basis. Total value fell 73 percent, from $176.03 billion to $47.22 billion. Of note, two of the industry’s top three largest transactions in 2016 occurred during the second half of the year and accounted for almost half of overall 2016 value. Aggregate value in first half 2017 declined 50 percent on a year-over-year basis but rose 19 percent relative to first half 2015.  

    Transaction activity in the Internet Media segment improved 13 percent in first half 2017. High profile Internet Media related transactions thus far in 2017 was HomeAdvisor’s announced merger with Angie’s List, which provides reviews of local services that are based on first-hand experiences consumers have with doctors, contractors and other local professionals, for $574 million; and InfoPro Digital’s announced acquisition of Incisive Media’s Insight division, which includes the Risk.net and Insurance Post brands, for $151 million.

    Volume in the Marketing segment, which for the purposes of this report excludes pure software based companies, decreased 11 percent in first half 2017. Also of note, there was only one segment deal in the overall industry’s list of top ten highest value acquisitions during the half year period. Along these lines was Vivendi’s acquisition of Havas, an advertising and communication services company, for $2.43 billion.

    Meanwhile, the number of acquisitions in the B2B Publishing and Information segment increased 21 percent in first half 2017. Notable B2B related deals year-to-date included Moody’s Analytics’ announced acquisition of Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing, a provider of business intelligence and company information, for $3.27 billon; and Solera Holdings’ acquisition of Autodata Limited, a provider of technical information to the automotive aftermarket, for $422 million.

    “Publishers have achieved success in this rapidly changing market through leveraging their content and brand equity across various media platforms for deeper penetration,” said Mary Jo Zandy, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “Many B2B media companies are also growing revenue by providing a host of marketing services to their existing client base.”