Enterprise Software Report 1H2021
The new circumstances and challenges of Covid-19 have created opportunities for software services.
Businesses that are increasing their digital transformation efforts are looking to software tools to help them navigate the digital sphere; and moving into the cloud and need new solutions to do so. In addition, as working from home is becoming widely accepted, staff need remote access to their files and programmes, meaning a bigger platform for desktop virtualisation and file discovery. Meanwhile, retailers need webshops and apps now that their customers have become used to online shopping.
Digital implementations and high-functioning enterprise infrastructure are needed now more than ever, allowing software and SaaS providers to fill in the gaps. These, in turn, are attracting the attention of prolific acquirers en masse, who are looking to own or operate the next indispensable technology.
The report focuses on Enterprise Software subsectors such as Business Intelligence & Customer Analytics; Enterprise Applications; Information Management; Design, Testing & Simulation; Infrastructure Management; and Vertical Applications. It includes:
- Trends and analysis of deal activity
- Deal geography
- Top acquirers
- Valuation metrics
The number of M&A transactions in the Enterprise Software sector skyrocketed this reporting period, with 836 enterprise software deals recorded in 2H2020 compared to 641 deals in 1H2020 – a 30 per cent increase.
The trailing 30-month median revenue and EBITDA multiple came in at 3.4x and 14x, respectively.