Berkery Noyes has released its Third Quarter 2011 Trend Reports. We’ve listed some commentary from our managing directors here.
“Interestingly, DPZ was Publicis Groupe’s third acquisition this year in Brazil,” said Berkery Noyes Managing Director Evan Klein. “As one of the top ten ad markets in the world, I have to think Brazil will continue to garner interest from advertising agencies in the near term."
“While Hewlett Packard’s offer for Autonomy Corporation PLC highlighted the attractive e-discovery sector, there has been a long history of acquisitions at high transaction multiples in the sector,” said Berkery Noyes Managing Director Mary Jo Zandy. “This historical trend is expected to be accentuated in the next twenty-four months as the consolidation in the high growth e-discovery market continues. Many of the smaller privately-held companies, some with cloud technologies, are attractive acquisitions for the existing large players and potential new entries.”
Regarding companies that operate in the mobile and online space tracked by Berkery Noyes, Managing Director Kathleen Thomas notes, “Google made 26 acquisitions in 2010, so with 21 acquisitions through the third quarter, 2011 looks to be another strong year for the industry giant. Overall transaction volume and EBITDA multiples are up significantly from 2010.”
“The increase in the number of closed transactions in the third quarter is a direct result of an increasingly more active private equity market, overall pent-up supply of companies wishing to sell, and a strategic buyer market that continues to shore-up product suites and customer bases through acquisitions,” said Managing Director John Guzzo.
“PerkinElmer has demonstrated the vast potential for informatics and software integration into laboratory environments,” said managing director Jeffrey Smith. "The need to integrate scientific tools, effectively manage knowledge, and organize workflow within laboratory settings is becoming even more crucial for clients of organizations such as PerkinElmer."
“M&A volume started to look up during the third quarter when a number of large deals were announced,” said John Shea, managing partner at Berkery Noyes. “Hellman & Friedman’s announced plans to acquire SunGard Data Systems' higher education segment and Providence Equity’s acquisition of Blackboard are greater in value than what’s been done in the entire first half. These transactions highlight the innovation that digital technologies are bringing to both the K-12 sector as well as institutions of higher education.”
“Notably, two of Thomas H. Lee Partners’ third quarter transactions were related to healthcare. Ignite Health, whose ultimate parent is THL, and Intermedix, which is a consumer and healthcare subsidiary of THL, both made acquisitions. Private equity activity in healthcare technology is likely to be strong going into the near future, as evidenced by Blackstone’s acquisition of Emdeon and Vista Equity Partners’ acquisition of Sage Software in the third quarter,” said managing director Tom O’Connor.
“It’s an encouraging sign that transaction volume in the Information Industry, examined on a quarterly basis, remains well above its 2010 levels. There has been a consistent trend upward for median EBITDA and revenue multiples too,” said CIO James Berkery. “Indeed, both multiples showed improvement for the third consecutive quarter.”