Google, Facebook Tops The Private Tech M&A Activity In 2012, Companies Spent $4.6 Billion On 2277 Deals

Posted on Jan 30 2013 - 11:45am by Editorial Staff

According to a new report from CB Insights, the year 2012 saw a total of 2277 private technology companies acquired globally, with acquirers paid $46.8 billion for targets with 30% of deals accounting for 80% of the value while what a big surprise to be that about 76% of tech companies acquired in 2012 had not raised investment prior to acquisition.


Other interesting thing to note is that the two tech giants did 12 private tech company acquisitions in 2012 in which five of Facebook’s acquisitions were talent acquisitions and Google, Cisco were most frequent disclosers of private company valuations.


Further to note that 94% of acquisitions were made by strategic buyers. Financial sponsors comprise a small 6% of deal volume with California saw the most private tech companies acquired in 2012 which should not be all that surprising.

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