Here at Q1 we gather Canadian Technology M&A data and publish the results of our research on a quarterly basis. All information included in the reports are sourced from primary research and data analysis. This report focuses on Canadian M&A statistics, trends, geography breakdown and more.
Canadian Technology M&A Highlights
- Stable activity: Q1 2018’s deal volume of 77 stands constantly from Q4 2017. However, it is higher than the activity of Q1 2017 (65)
- Deal size skews activity: Q1 2018’s total dollar value of $566M is significantly lower than both Q4 and Q1 of 2018, giving the impression that 2018 is somehow off to a bad start. However, both Q1 and Q4 of 2017 have been dominated by one or two mega transactions that skew the trend. The acquisition of D+H for $3.4Bn and Vantage Data Centre for 1.4Bn both took place in Q1 2017. In Q4 2017, the acquisition of Crypto 205 Inc. for $543M and Trayport for $459M took place.
- Total Dollar Value understated: About 70% of transactions that take place in the Canadian Technology M&A space have no dollar value attached to them, meaning the total dollar value of this sector is grossly understated!
- Geography breakdown of acquisitions consistent: Since 2010, the geographic breakdown between foreign acquisitions, pure domestic acquisitions, and domestic acquiring foreign have been consistent. While we have experienced first-hand growing foreign interests in Canadian targets, Canadian companies continue to seek foreign acquisitions as well.
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