2009 Key Highlights
The most active buyer in the Information Industry, in terms of volume of transactions announced for the 1st Half of 2009, was Oracle Corporation with 5 transactions. These include the acquisitions of Conformia Software, Inc., Virtual Iron Software, Inc., and mValent, Inc., as well as the pending acquisitions of Sun Microsystems, Inc., and Relsys International, Inc.
The segment with the largest transaction volume for the 1st Half of 2009 was Science & Technology with 119 transactions.
In the 1st Half of 2009, there were 96 financially sponsored transactions with an aggregate value of $2.77 billion. These figures represent 15 percent of the total volume and 11 percent of the total value, respectively.
1st Half 2009 Key Trends
Total transaction volume in the 1st Half of 2009 decreased by 29 percent over the 1st Half of 2008 from 892 in 2008 to 637 in 2009.
Total transaction value in the 1st Half of 2009 decreased by 45 percent over the 1st Half of 2008, from $46.92 billion in 2008 to $25.65 billion in 2009.
M&A Market Overview
Out of 3989 transactions tracked by Berkery Noyes between 2007 and the 1st Half of 2009, 1432 had disclosed enterprise values with an aggregate of $316.79 billion. Using these values in a histogram on a logarithmic scale, we project an aggregate value of $63.41 billion for the 2557 undisclosed transactions. In total, we project a combined aggregate value of $380.21 billion worth of transactions over the past two and a half years.
The largest transaction tracked by Berkery Noyes between 2007 and the 1st Half of 2009 was Thomson Corporation’s merger with Reuters Group PLC for $18.18 billion.
Berkery Noyes determined that nearly one-third of companies sold between 2007 and the 1st Half of 2009 received enterprise values between $4 million and $33 million.
The most active buyer in the Information Industry, in terms of volume between 2007 and the 1st Half of 2009, was Oracle Corporation with 27 transactions.