M&A goes MIA in Q2

With the second quarter wrapped up, we’ve been busy tallying the deal flow from the period. As you might guess, M&A levels for the past three months mirror the dour economic climate. The quick numbers: Overall tech M&A fell 40% in the second quarter, year-over-year, dragged down by private equity players that have been knocked out of the market by the credit market turmoil. The total shopping bill of $148bn is a sharp decline from the $241bn in the same period last year, putting it only slightly above the $122bn recorded in the second quarter of 2006.

A number of trends shaped M&A in the quarter, including the continued use of bear hugs to pressure reluctant sellers, the frozen IPO market and the rise of consolidation deals. Of course, the single largest crimp on deal-making in the second quarter was the utter disappearance of tech buyouts. The value of tech LBOs in the second quarter fell more than 90% compared to the same period last year, when credit was flowing freely. In the just-completed quarter, we recorded some $7bn worth of tech buyouts, down from $85bn in the year-ago period. Looked at another way, LBOs accounted for just 5% of all tech M&A spending in the second quarter, after representing a full one-third of total spending in the same period last year.

Deal flow breakdown

Quarter PE deal value Corp. deal value Total deal value
Q2 2006 $13bn $109bn $122bn
Q2 2007 $85bn $156bn $241bn
Q2 2008 $7bn $141bn $148bn

Source: The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase

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