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Tech industry M&A deals show decline in 2019 Featured


Total technology industry merger & acquisition deals in December 2019 worth US$17.03 billion were announced globally, marking a decrease in value of 44.7% over the number of deals in the previous month - and a drop of 35.8% when compared with the last 12-month average of US$26.51billion.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced M&A deals in the period worth US$5.99bn.

At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at US$5.95bn - and in terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for technology industry M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

The US also topped the list for M&A deals activity in December 2019, with 152 deals, followed by the UK with 42 and Canada with 22.

As of the end of December 2019, technology M&A deals worth US$319.79bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 23.6% year on year.

The top five technology industry M&A deals accounted for 63.6% of the overall value during December 2019 - with the combined value of the top five deals standing at US$10.83bn, against the overall value of US$17.03bn recorded for the month.

The top five tech industry M&A deals of December 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners’ US$3.56bn asset transaction with Reliance Industrial Investments and
  • The US$2.6bn acquisition of Cincinnati Bell by Brookfield Infrastructure Partners
  • Intel’s US$2bn acquisition of Habana Labs
  • The US$1.65bn acquisition of Dynetics by Leidos Holdings
  • TELUS International’s acquisition of Competence Call Center for US$1.01bn.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).



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