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Enterprise Software M&A Deal Volume Surges Amid Renewed Confidence in the Market, Says Hampleton Partners Report

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London, UK – 10 October 2023. The latest Enterprise Software M&A report from Hampleton Partners, the international M&A and corporate finance advisory firm for technology companies, reveals that the first half of 2023 saw the number of M&A transactions in this sector show a significant increase on the prior six-month period.

Hampleton Partners’ analysts recorded 923 deals involving Enterprise Software companies in the half-year, which – while not quite rising to the level of 1H2022’s all-time high of 1,015 – is a marked improvement on the 841 deals seen in 2H2022.

This signals fresh confidence in the sector following the mid-2022 market correction triggered by geopolitical tensions and post-pandemic interest rate and inflationary hikes.


Tech innovations are inspiring acquisitions

The current renewed momentum following the relative lull of 2H2022 is being fuelled by a number of factors, including decelerating inflation and an ever-increasing demand for Enterprise Software solutions in our era of widespread workplace digitalisation.

SaaS platforms whose subscription-based business models are able to maintain revenues through downturns have proven to be particularly attractive acquisition targets, while buzz around generative AI enterprise solutions is also driving deals.

Miro Parizek, Principal Partner at Hampleton Partners, said: “As one might have thought based on all the headlines that AI is making, there have been a prevalence of transactions motivated by larger vendors looking to add artificial intelligence capabilities to their portfolios.”


Top Enterprise Software acquirers – past 30 months

Acquirers within the Enterprise Software sector have been highly prolific, with many of the major players racking up double-digit deal volumes over the past 30 months. These include:

  • Valsoft – 28 acquisitions, including Wageloch (workforce management SaaS), Shelton Development Services (housing development and management SaaS), and BDK Informatik AG (transport and logistics management SaaS)
  • Visma – 25 acquisitions, including Clevergig (workforce planning and management SaaS), Moloni (SME invoice and POS SaaS), and Xubio (SME ERP SaaS)
  • Main Capital Partners – 23 acquisitions, including Xential BV (document creation and management SaaS), Sensire Oy (medical and food safety management SaaS), and RailCube (railway ERP SaaS)


Download the full Hampleton Partners Enterprise Software M&A Market Report

Download the full Hampleton Partners Enterprise Software M&A Market Report 2H2023, which looks at specific deals closed within six Enterprise Software subsectors: Enterprise Applications, Vertical Applications, Business Intelligence & Customer Analytics, Information Management, Infrastructure Management, and Design, Testing & Simulation: https://www.hampletonpartners.com/reports/enterprise-software-report/



Note to editors:

Hampleton Partners’ M&A Market Reports are compiled using data and information from the 451 Research database (www.451research.com); Capital IQ, CB Insights, Gartner, IDC and more.


About Hampleton Partners

Hampleton Partners advises technology company owners on M&A and growth financing transactions with strategic buyers or financial investors. Hampleton’s experienced deal makers have advised hundreds of tech industry shareholders and provide hands-on expertise and unrivalled advice to entrepreneurs looking to sell their companies, partially exit, or to accelerate growth.

With offices in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm and San Francisco, Hampleton offers a global perspective with sector expertise in: Enterprise Software, Digital Commerce, IT & Business Services, Artificial Intelligence, Autotech, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Healthtech, HR Tech, and Insurtech.

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