2020 was an unprecedented year as the world grappled with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. However, despite these headwinds, the Software sector demonstrated its phenomenal resilience and intrinsic value, as we saw “two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months”. The sector saw a significant rebound in H2, with equity prices, valuations and deal levels hitting new highs beyond 2019’s numerous records.
This year’s sector insights include: How did 2020 stack up against 2019? What is driving the market? Who is buying and why? Where is pricing? What’s next in 2021?
Acuity Advisors’ 2020 Software Review focuses on key themes and drivers across M&A and fundraising, summarised in the following sections:
- Key Takeaways – key M&A and fundraising market trends
- Strategic insights and sector themes – market commentary from industry leaders
- Acquiror & Investor trends – buyer and investor statistics including areas of activity and focus
- Market Map – leading listed industry participants in each subsector
- Valuation analysis – share price and multiple evolution, regression analysis
- Deal Trends by subsector – key M&A and funding transactions and insights
About Acuity Advisors
We know technology and are experts in selling businesses, securing equity investments and raising debt finance. Our partners are senior players: skilled at getting to the heart of a technology business, understanding what will attract buyers and investors, and building long-lasting relationships. We have an unrivalled understanding of the industry’s complexities and personalities – our track record and client feedback are compelling evidence of that. We’re an international firm – most of our deals are cross-border, from offices in London, Munich, Shanghai and Silicon Valley – but we’re grounded in our approach. We move quickly when it’s needed, and we’re around for the long haul when patience is a virtue. We’ve maintained a very high success rate across hundreds of deals while keeping our focus on doing what’s right for our clients. From first meeting to successful exit, we earn the trust that clients and investors put in us. Learn more here.
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