Starting strong, once again

Contact: Brenon Daly

For the second time this year, the first day of a new quarter brought with it a multibillion-dollar transaction. Back on April 1, Fidelity National Information Services opened the second quarter by announcing its $2.9bn all-equity acquisition of Metavante. (The deal closed yesterday.) And to start the fourth quarter on October 1, Cisco said it plans to spend $3bn in cash for Tandberg, the Norwegian maker of video and network infrastructure technology. The purchase, which is expected to close in the first half of 2010, should bolster Cisco’s TelePresence product.

Cisco’s reach for Tandberg stands as the company’s largest acquisition since it paid $3.2bn in cash for WebEx Communications in March 2007. The transaction also continues a flurry of recent deals. September came in with the highest spending of any month so far this year, with significant acquisitions announced by Xerox, Adobe, CA Inc and Dell, among others. In fact, September alone accounted for two-thirds of all M&A spending in the just-completed third quarter. (See our full report on the numbers and trends in the third quarter.)

Recent deal flow

Month Deal volume Deal value
September 2009 243 $22bn
August 2009 222 $4bn
July 2009 274 $9bn

Source: The 451 M&A KnowledgeBase