Boston, MA – Capstone Headwaters released its Q3 2020 Enterprise SaaS & Cloud Update today, reporting merger and acquisition (M&A) activity reached a record of 2,564 deals totaling over $150 billion in value over the last twelve months. M&A activity soared in Q3 to 945 deals, exceeding the prior quarterly record by nearly 300 deals while doubling Q2 volume. However, deals for the quarter tended to be smaller transactions at weaker multiples. Capstone Headwaters expects M&A activity to remain strong as many deals have returned to market and valuations are recovering quickly to pre-COVID levels, presenting a motivation for sellers.
“M&A activity in the SaaS space has recovered quickly from the impact of COVID and we expect M&A activity and valuation levels to return to pre-COVID levels in Q4,” commented David Michaels, Managing Director and Head of Capstone's Technology, Media & Telecom Group. “In fact, we may see M&A activity increase from pre-COVID levels in Q4 as private equity firms race to deploy capital before year end to make up for lost time.”
In Q3, initial public offering (IPO) activity exploded to unprecedented levels with 20 deals in the quarter. Public valuations have rebounded from Q1 lows relatively quickly with the majority of SaaS companies trading above pre-COVID valuations despite continued risk to the economy. While SaaS & Cloud 200 companies are typically better positioned than most businesses to survive lockdown measures, or even benefit from them, it is surprising to see the majority of companies trade above pre-COVID valuations, driving concerns of a double dip if COVID-19 infection rates increase and reopenings reverse.
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