Q2 ends with a whimper

Contact: Brenon Daly

The second quarter is in the books, and we would suggest that the M&A tally is a bit deceptive. Yes, both the number of tech deals and the announced deal values hit their highest levels in a year. But lurking behind that rebound is the fact that M&A tailed off dramatically in June. In fact, the final month of the quarter accounted for just 16% of the total M&A spending in the period. The breakdown of the overall $48.4bn in the second quarter: April-May spending hit $40.7bn, while June spending was a scant $7.7bn.

We noted recently how June saw the return of gun-to-the-head sales of many tech companies, both large and small. That is reflected in the dramatic change in average deal size over the course of the quarter. (Granted, average deal size is a crude measure, but it is illustrative nonetheless.) In the April-May period, the 517 deals had an announced deal value of $40.7bn, yielding an average purchase price of $78m. In June, the average sale was less than half that level: 233 deals with an aggregate spend of $7.7bn, for an average of $33m. That’s a worry trend as we head into the second half of the year.

Overall tech M&A

Period Deal volume Deal value
Q2 2009 750 $48bn
Q1 2009 646 $9bn
Q4 2008 723 $40bn
Q3 2008 737 $32bn
Q2 2008 721 $173bn

Source: The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase