Last year’s robust growth in tech M&As will be hard to top, reports from EY and PwC conclude. Yet their views on the outlook for this year differ slightly.
EY found that 84% of IT industry execs expect economic stability or modest growth for the year ahead, and 57% project stable corporate earnings.
40% of respondents to the EY poll said their company is planning alliances to create greater value from underutilized assets.
In the EY study, 53% said making better use of digital tech and analytics is a top tech priority for driving growth, while 44% cited the need to attract and retain talent.
According to EY, 52% said industry M&As will grow for the year ahead, but that’s down from 80% who felt this way six months ago.
In Q1, there were 380 M&A deals at a value of $42.1 billion—signaling “a slower but still active technology deal market,” PwC said.
Nine deals of more than $1 billion in value were announced in Q1 despite a drop in the overall volume of tech deals from Q1 2015. In the latest quarter, small deals (of less than $100 million) exceeded the 50 percent mark.
IT services saw nearly $15 billion in Q1 deals, boosted by five transactions valued at more than $1 billion. Overall, the number of deals in IT services totaled 105 in Q1.
Software deals saw the highest volume in the technology sector in Q1, with 174 transactions.
While 84% of participants in the EY study said their companies have two or more transactions in their pipeline, the same percentage said their company is ready to walk away from deals that don’t meet their scrutiny.
Just 42% express positive sentiments about the likelihood of closing acquisitions for the year ahead, down from 62% six months ago, according to EY.
Only 47% of respondents to the EY survey said they feel good about the quality of acquisition opportunities, down from 75% six months ago.