According to the investment bank Berkery Noyes, there were 870 financial technology and information industry M&A transactions from the beginning of 2015 through to the end of 2016. The banks suggests that for those deals, “the median revenue multiple decreased from 3.2x to 2.3x, while the median EBITDA improved from 11.4x to 13.1x” on an annual basis.
Overall, M&A firm Berkery Noyes (New York) said total transaction volume in the broader education industry in 2016 declined 11% from 2015 to 378 transactions with a 70% drop in value to $5.32 billion.
Another significant announcement at PITTCON was the acquisition of Core Informatics by Thermo Fisher, already a top-tier enterprise-level LIMS provider. “Core is a SaaS-based vendor, and it’s really the only big player – the only vendor that can support larger implementations,” explains Katherine Temple, Laboratory Informatics Consultant at CSols.
Investment firms Spectrum Equity and Cressey & Co will acquire a significant stake in Verisys Corporation, a U.S. provider of data and software that help healthcare providers with regulatory compliance, the company said on Tuesday.
According to a byline article in Mortgage Compliance Magazine by Managing Director John Guzzo, there continues to be a rapid shift in the marketplace to meet regulatory compliance policies.
Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced that it has acquired informatics software provider Core Informatics - a company that specializes cloud-based software to support scientific data management.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., announced that it has acquired Core Informatics, which provides a cloud-based platform supporting scientific data management. Core’s offerings will significantly enhance Thermo Fisher’s existing informatics solutions and complement its cloud platform, which supports the company’s genetic analysis, qPCR and proteomics systems.
A Branford tech/bioscience company, Core Informatics, is being acquired by Waltham, Mass.-based Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Core Informatics provides a cloud-based software that supports scientific data management.
Career Step LLC, backed by private equity firm Revelstoke Capital Partners, has acquired Panacea Healthcare Solution, a technology-enabled consultant for the healthcare industry. The deal includes the target’s revenue capture, and coding and documentation businesses, which combine data analytics with data collected by Panacea’s consultants.
Keith Lubell has a diverse background, and has spent the last 15 years overseeing investment bank Berkery Noyes’s technology. The CTO talks with Anthony Malakian about the importance of taming data and where that might lead his firm over the next decade.
The value of education mergers and acquisitions in 2016 nosedived a walloping 70 percent—from $17.75 billion to $5.32 billion, according to investment bank Berkery Noyes. “Of note, there were seven deals in 2016 with disclosed values above $100 million,” says Berkery Noyes, “as opposed to 19 such deals in 2015.”
Venture capital and early-stage tech investments may be harder to come by, but M&A exits across the mobile and online industry are still heating up, investment bank Berkery Noyes reported Tues-day. The overall number of deals in 2016 ticked up 1% from the year before, while the aggregate value of those transactions jumped 12% year over year.
Mastercard's $924 million purchase of VocaLink to bolster its faster payments technology in Europe and other markets was among the most significant financial technology deals in 2016, according to investment bank Berkery Noyes' annual analysis of the merger and acquisition market.
From a trending perspective, Thomas O’Connor, managing director of Berkery Noyes, says workflow tools that assist in medical practices or the performance of a clinical trial, or that smooth the operations of healthcare entities are areas of interest.
It is already gaining Wall Street's attention, notes Keith Lubell, CTO at investment bank Berkery Noyes. "What really excites us is that it's interesting that you can write high-level, scientific and numerical computing but without having to re-translate that," he says. "Usually, if you have something in R or Matlab and you want to make it go fast, you have to re-translate it to C++, or some other faster language; with Julia, you don't—it sits right on top."
“Scale will help them,” O’Connor told HealthPayerIntelligence.com in a prior interview. “Consumers are facing an onslaught of choices much like the 401K plans in the past where they had to take more control over their insurance. Instead of an employer model, it’s moving more towards a consumerization model where they will have more input into their decisions and will pay for it themselves.”
The value of mergers and acquisitions in the education industry dropped significantly during the first three quarters of this year, compared to the same time period last year, a new analysis has found. The worth of those transactions declined 70 percent, going from $14.4 billion in the first three quarters of 2015 to $4.3 billion in 2016, according to research by the investment bank Berkery Noyes.
Vocera acquires Extension Healthcare for $55 million in cash. HIStalk prvoides Hospital IT news and opinion about healthcare technology vendors, healthcare IT projects, and related technologies.
Veronis Suhler Stevenson has made an undisclosed investment in Connexion Point LLC. Berkery Noyes acted as financial adviser to Connexion Point on the transaction. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah is a provider of technology-enabled healthcare services.
Mastercard's $924 million acquisition of VocaLink represented the highest value acquisition in the payments industry during the third quarter of 2016, according to Berkery Noyes' mergers and acquisitions trend report.
Berkery Noyes had two deals recognized and received five nominations: FTV Capital’s equity investment in True Potential, which was nominated in the Financials Sector Deal of the Year, Cross-Border Deal of the Year, Private Equity Deal of the Year, and M&A Deal of the Year categories; and Project Management Academy, which was nominated in the Professional Services B-to-B Deal of the Year category.
Tom O’Connor, a managing director at Berkery Noyes, spoke recently with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland regarding the report’s findings and the broader landscape around merger-and-acquisition activity now in healthcare and healthcare IT.
The current state of the tech market and this era of integrated cloud platforms go a long way toward explaining the last few months in HR tech consolidation. Peter Yoon, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, an independent investment bank focusing on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), told PCMag he sees several trends coming together to drive increased M&A in the HR tech sector.
"As you can see from the latest acquisition of Turi by Apple, the focus has been shifting from a consumer product company to an analytics company," says Vineet Asthana, managing director at investment bank Berkery Noyes.
The data comes from the Q2 2016 Private Equity Industry M&A Report by independent mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes. "Good companies are hard to find," Mary Jo Zandy, managing director at Berkery Noyes, said in an interview. "When we talk with middle market PE firms, they're telling us they're not as busy as they'd like to be."
At $350 million, the deal was among the top 10 largest acquisitions within fintech in the first half of the year, according to data from Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers. Overall, fintech M&A deal values totaled $37.5 billion in first half of the year, down 14% from the second half of 2015 but nearly twice totals from a year earlier.
“Many healthcare technology companies are enjoying rapid revenue growth, high cash flow margins, low capital expenditures and defensible positions in the marketplace,” Berkery Noyes Managing Director Tom O’Connor said in a statement to press.
Healthcare merger and acquisition activity showed no signs of slowing down in the first half of 2016, according to a report from investment bank Berkery Noyes. Compared to the second half of 2015, total deal volume in the first half of 2016 increased by three percent, from 223 to 230.
The Colibri Group, which is backed by Quad-C Management, has made an undisclosed investment in Securities Training Corp. Berkery Noyes served as financial adviser to STC on the transaction. Based in New York City, STC is a provider of financial examination training.
“The biggest mobile-oriented takeaway from this report is that the number of deals in the mobile application subsector rose 18 percent, from 188 to 221 deals in the first half of 2016,” said Vineet Asthana, managing director at Berkery Noyes.
Deal volume decreased seven percent on a half year basis. Total value gained 49 percent, from $64.91 billion to $96.72 billion. Of note, strategic acquirers represented 88 percent of the industry’s volume and 95 percent of value in first half 2016.
When asked whether the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers will stifle competition in the health insurance market, Thomas O’Connor, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, replied, “I don’t think so. There’s a high level of innovation in the market today including the health insurance exchanges. Moreover there are many different people and plenty of opportunities for money to be made. There’s a lot of money in the market as well.”
The payments industry saw merger-and-acquisition volume decrease 21 percent in 2015, after rising 46% in 2014. For 2015, the payments sector had 108 mergers or acquisitions, compared to 137 in 2014 and 94 in 2013. Berkery estimates the value of the 2015 business deals in payments at $20.76 billion, up from $15.91 billion in 2014.
The 2016 Benzinga Fintech Awards is the only event in fintech dedicated to recognizing innovation in financial services and capital markets. Ahead of the May 24th awards show and gala, we spoke with Peter Ognibene, managing director of investment banking advisory firm Berkery Noyes.
“The Affordable Care Act forced insurance providers like Aetna and Humana to change their offerings,” O’Connor said. “Insurers had to take an educated guess at the kinds of plans consumers would want as a result of the health care mandate, and in many instances, they guessed wrong. Six years later, the mergers and acquisitions we’re seeing across the industry are a response to these providers wanting to be able to offer the policies and tools consumers are demanding.”
"In general there have been fewer megadeals, but middle market transaction volume should continue at a steady pace as acquirers look for innovative technologies to help expand their product offerings," Mary Jo Zandy, managing director at Berkery Noyes, told eWEEK.
"Given the complexity of factors that affect student performance and outcomes, the link between effectiveness and company performance and exits isn't clear as you might expect," said Peter Yoon, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes.
The number of mobile-related merger and acquisition deals rose 35 percent during the first quarter of 2016 as businesses looked to beef up capabilities related to mobile distribution of branded content, analytics and machine learning, according to a new report from Berkery Noyes.
Meanwhile, a report from Berkery Noyes, an investment banking firm, reported that merger and acquisition activity in the healthcare IT segment rose to $17.1 billion in 2015, up 4 percent compared with $16.4 billion in 2014. The number of transactions increased 15 percent in 2015, compared with the previous year.
The number and value of mergers and acquisitions in the education industry rose sharply over the most recent year, fueled by deals in professional training and by consolidation in some areas of K-12, a new analysis has found. There were 418 mergers and acquisitions in the education industry in 2015, up from 329 in 2014, according to research by the investment bank Berkery Noyes.
Medstreaming has acquired M2S. Financial terms weren’t announced. Altaris Capital Partners was the seller. West Lebanon, New Hampshire-based M2S provides registry software technology which aims to improve healthcare quality. Berkery, Noyes & Co. LLC advised M2S while KeyBank Capital Markets Inc provided financial advice to Medstreaming.
Altaris Capital Partners LLC-backed M2S is being acquired by Medstreaming, a Redmond, Wash., provider of cardiovascular and radiology workflow software services. Berkery Noyes & Co. represented M2S on the deal. KeyBank Capital Markets Inc. advised Medstreaming.
Medstreaming, a Redmond, Wash.-based developer of healthcare cardiovascular and radiology workflow software, has announced the acquisition of M2S of West Lebanon, NH, a developer of registry software technology designed for healthcare quality improvement. Berkery, Noyes & Co. LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to M2S.
Mortgage Contracting Services (MCS), a nationwide provider of property preservation, inspections, REO property maintenance, and valuations for the financial services industry headquartered in Plano, Texas, has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based EPIC Real Estate Solutions. Berkery Noyes served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to EPIC Real Estate Solutions for the transaction, which is expected to close in early March 2016.
Property preservation and inspection, REO property maintenance and valuations company Mortgage Contracting Services announced it is expanding its client offerings by acquiring EPIC Real Estate Solutions. Berkery Noyes served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to EPIC Real Estate Solutions.
With the acquisition of EPIC, MCS is expanding its client offerings to include title insurance, escrow and closing services, loan document signing services, and flood certifications. Also, EPIC’s full suite of valuations products will be combined with MCS Valuations. Berkery Noyes served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to EPIC Real Estate Solutions for the transaction.
“It's the niche providers that develop "best of breed" technologies that the large enterprise companies can't develop themselves because they're not that focused,” said Jonathan Krieger, managing director at Berkery Noyes, an investment bank.
With regard to the impact of the health insurance mergers, Thomas O’Connor, MD at Berkery Noyes, told HealthPayerIntelligence.com that there have been more acquisitions and mergers taking place throughout the entire healthcare industry and that the Affordable Care Act may play a role in pushing forward these consolidations.
As technology startups disrupt the retail, healthcare, and finance sectors, many traditional companies — those getting disrupted — are choosing to partner with the innovators. Last year, the financial-technology, or fintech, world saw more than 400 mergers and acquisitions, according to investment bank Berkery Noyes.
The number of fintech M&A transactions increased 14% in 2015 compared with a year earlier, from 376 to 427, according to data from boutique M&A firm Berkery Noyes. Transaction volume more than doubled over the same period, from $27.81 billion to $63.78 billion, according to the data.
The heavily regulated mortgage environment has caused technology innovation to become a new focal point of many businesses within this space. John Guzzo, Managing Director in the Financial Technology Group at Berkery Noyes sat down with MReport to share his insight on how technology is innovating the mortgage industry.
FTV Capital has picked up a minority stake in UK-based wealth manager and integrated advisor True Potential in a deal which values the company at more than £150m. True Potential was represented by Berkery Noyes & Co, a New York-based investment bank.
The number of mergers and acquisitions in the health IT and pharmaceutical information spaces continues to grow. In 2015, there were 446 M&A transactions in health IT and pharmaceuticals, reaching a total value of $17 billion, according to a trend report from Berkery Noyes.
FTV Capital has acquired a “significant” minority stake in UK-based financial services company True Potential LLP. No financial terms were disclosed although the investment reportedly puts True Potential’s valuation over 150 million pounds.
San Francisco growth equity firm FTV Capital has purchased a "significant minority share" of True Potential LLP, a U.K.-based financial services and technology company. The transaction values True Potential at more than 150 million British pounds, according to a news release. FTV Capital is the company's first institutional investor. True Potential retained Berkery Noyes & Co. as its financial adviser.
A US institutional investor has taken a significant minority stake in Newcastle-headquartered True Potential which vales the financial services and technology organisation at more than £150m. FTV Capital, which has offices in San Francisco and New York, invests in high-growth companies in the financial services, payment and processing, and technology sectors. True Potential was represented by Berkery Noyes & Co, a New York-based investment bank.
True Potential has received a “significant” investment from US private equity firm FTV Capital. According to David Harrison, managing partner of Newcastle-headquartered True Potential, which was founded in 2007, the sale of the minority shareholding - for an undisclosed sum - represented a great opportunity to reward the firm’s partners and to invest in the business. The deal was brokered by US investment bank Berkery Noyes.
Mergers and acquisitions in the US education market increased by 26% in 2015, a report by investment bank Berkery Noyes has claimed. Between 2014 and 2015, it said, the total number of deals rose from 329 to 415. Berkery Noyes said “significant participation" from strategic acquirers in the market had pushed up total transaction value. Managing director Peter Yoon said private equity firms were also increasingly interest in the sector.
"The largest area of activity in 2015 was in the corporate and professional education space as the need for continuing education and workforce development continues to expand while technology has improved the delivery and efficacy of instruction," Peter Yoon, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, said in a statement.
2015 was a great year for financial technology (fintech), as recently released stats from Berkery Noyes show. Among other findings, 2015 saw 427 fintech mergers and acquisitions, a total transaction volume increase by 14 percent over 2014, from 376.
Peter Ognibene, MD, Berkery Noyes, says: "Significantly, the median revenue and Ebitda multiples in the capital markets sector during 2015 have trended well above those of the entire financial technology industry. While it took this sector the longest to recover from the financial crisis, buyers are piling in now and really driving up prices."
In 2014, the payments industry completed 140 acquisition transactions, up 46% from the previous year's 96. The payments industry had 111 transactions in 2015, down from 140 in 2014, according to Berkery Noyes’ annual report. Despite the decline, some of the largest deals came in the payments industry.
The online and mobile industry M&A (mergers & acquisitions) transaction volume increased 12 per cent on a year-to-year basis, according to independent mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes’ end-of-year report. The Consumer Mobile Application segment’s deal volume increased 3 per cent in 2015, representing a 10 per cent gain compared to 2013.
“There is a robust trend toward consolidation of education companies in certain niches, such as human and talent capital management,” observes Peter Yoon, managing director of Berkery Noyes, an investment bank that reports and advises on mergers and acquisitions. The group tallied 122 such deals in the third quarter of 2015—the peak volume throughout the past seven quarters. “We expect 2016 to continue to be very vibrant,” Yoon says.
The volume of online and mobile deals in 2015 increased 12% to 2,798 transactions from 2,493 in 2014, according to investment bank Berkery, Noyes & Co. Deal value rose 19% to $156.49 billion from $131.16 billion in 2014. Of the 10 largest transactions in 2015, five occurred in the fourth quarter. These five deals, with a combined value of $22.79 billion, accounted for 15% of the industry’s aggregate value, Berkery Noyes says.
Merger and acquisition trends seem to be reflecting strong growth in the online and mobile industries, according to a new report. Published by independent mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes, the report compares M&A data from 2015 against 2014 and 2013. One finding of this report is that there has been 12 percent year-on-year growth in M&A transaction volumes, which increased from $131.16 billion in 2013 to $156.49 billion last year.
Broad-based media and communications deal-making rose moderately in 2015 -- with Internet media deals witnessing some of the strong activity. Deal volume rose 8% for the year to 1,857 with total value growing 12% to $109 billion, according to investment banker Berkery Noyes.
The media and marketing industry M&A deal volume increased 8% on a year-to-year basis, and aggregate value gained 12%, from $97.97B to $109.01B. The number of private equity backed transactions increased 13% during the past year, from 207 to 233.
A white paper released by Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers shows the impact that technology has on the mortgage sector. Guzzo points out that regulations like the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule and Title XIV of the Dodd-Frank Act requires lenders to meet extra minimum standards before issuing residential mortgage loans and to make a “reasonable and good faith determination” that the borrower will be able to repay the loan.
Real estate finance services provider Chronos Solutions in Frisco, Texas, has acquired San Diego-based mortgage technology company Cogent Road. Cogent Road offers three mortgage origination products: Funding Suite, Tax Door and Roohmz. Berkery Noyes was Cogent Road's strategic and financial advisor.
Chronos Solutions, a national real estate finance services provider, has agreed to acquire Cogent Road, a San Diego-based mortgage technology company. The acquisition will allow Chronos to expand its suite of products and services supporting mortgage lenders as well as add a deep bench of mortgage technology talent. Berkery Noyes served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Cogent Road.
“One of the hottest spaces in healthcare now is the broader behavioral health space for both strategic and financial buyers,” says Jonathan Krieger, managing director at Berkery Noyes. “It’s a high growth market that is largely unpenetrated today with huge growth characteristics—that has all the attributes that acquirers want to increase their exposure to,” Krieger says.
The most attractive acquisition candidates are online and digital, according to Mary Jo Zandy, a managing director at Berkery Noyes. Companies that show growth are "selling for a nice multiple," she said. "For K-12, people are looking for reoccurring revenue from companies that have traction and repeat sales, and [whose products] are adopted by more and more school districts," she said.
The ballooning number of edtech accelerators, each of which can hatch upwards of a dozen startups every year —signals a dynamic investment environment, says Peter Yoon, a managing director at Berkery Noyes who advises education companies in merger and acquisition deals. “These programs increase startups’ chances of raising further investment and put them in a good position for an exit. Then, investors will be able to realize returns, which incentivizes them and others to keep investing in the sector.” It’s a “virtuous cycle,” he says.
The health care information and solutions market continues to see transactions at robust multiples, and that M&A momentum should carry through next year, said Tom O'Connor, managing director at Berkery Noyes. O'Connor said there is a tremendous interest in health care technology and solutions companies from both strategic and financial buyers as the industry continues the shift from paper-based to digital solutions and IT based solutions.
The number of media mergers and acquisitions rose 4 percent through the first three quarters of 2015 while the aggregate value of those deals jumped 15 percent to $24 billion over the same period in 2014, according to independent investment bank Berkery Noyes.
On Wednesday, investment bank Berkery Noyes released its media and marketing Q3 mergers and acquisitions report. Berkery Noyes reports that media and marketing deal volume declined 6% from Q2 to Q3 in 2015. But compared to 2014, the number of M&A transactions has increased 4% year-to-date.
Nonetheless, companies that can differentiate their offerings from the average digital-based, mobile-based ad tech players have still performed well, noted Vineet Asthana, a banker at Berkery Noyes. The marketing technology company Marketo, which has a big play in adtech, is one such firm, Asthana said.
The company may have plenty of options to consider, given the recent surge in the number of startups and venture capital firms supporting the education technology industry. And according to investment bank Berkery Noyes, mergers and acquisitions activity in this space is currently at its highest point in recent years.
The New York investment bank added Vineet Asthana as a managing director in the firm’s telecom, media and technology group where he will focus on mergers and acquisitions in digital media and internet.
Investment bank Berkery, Noyes & Co. hired Vineet Asthana as a managing director in the telecom, media and technology group. Asthana was a founding member at CyndX Advisors, an investment and advisory firm focused on digital media, Internet and technology
Vineet Asthana has joined investment bank Berkery Noyes as a managing director in its telecom, media and tech (TMT) group. He previously was with Cyndx Advisors. www.berkerynoyes.com
According to a report into M&A activity in the first half of 2015 by independent investment bank, Berkery Noyes, there were reportedly 192 fintech mergers and acquisitions worth $18.9 billion so far this year, and six of the top ten largest deals in the first half of 2015 were made in the payments segment.
A recent market brief from investment banking firm Berkery Noyes takes a broader view and points out that private investment activity is on the rise across education sectors. The Berkery Noyes tally reports a 9% increase in deals in the first half of 2015, as compared to the last six months of 2014. Deal values, however, rose even more for a 29% increase and a total of US$6.11 in education sector investments YTD June 2015.
The number of mergers and acquisitions in the industry has reached its highest peak in two and a half years, according to a recent report by the investment-banking firm of Berkery Noyes. In the past six months, the number of such mergers grew by 9 percent.
Strong investor interest in mergers and acquisitions for education companies is likely to continue for the second half of 2015, after a record-setting first half of the year in which the value of transactions reached $6.11 billion—29 percent higher than the same time last year, according to Peter Yoon, a managing director for education at Berkery Noyes, an investment bank.
“If you look at the activity in terms of the volume of transactions, we’re at the highest level in the last two and a half years,” says Peter Yoon, who focuses on the education and training sector as Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. Other notable deals involved traditional publishers like Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Scholastic.
Managing Director Vineet Asthana, in a byline article for IT Briefcase, discusses some of the key factors impacting Online and Mobile M&A. According to Asthana, the ongoing shift of consumers’ time and marketing spend to digital channels has been significant in the past few years and it is expected to continue unabated at a 20%+ annual pace.
M&A activity rose for the fourth consecutive half-year, according to the report. This reflects a supply of attractive, strategic acquisition targets as well as a “diverse universe of acquirers,” according to Mary Jo Zandy, managing director at Berkery Noyes.
Peter Ognibene, MD, Berkery Noyes, says: "An increased appetite for technology spending at financial institutions is presenting vendors with good pipelines and an increased array of legacy tech sellers. In addition, regulatory pressures are requiring more transparency pertaining to risk assessment and valuation methods."
Not only is venture capital for edtech startups growing--so, too, are mergers and acquisitions for more mature companies. The number of education M&A deals in 2014 increased 9 percent from 2013 (from 298 to 325); the value of those deals, however, jumped 25 percent from $9.12 billion to $11.4 billion. The numbers come from investment banking advisory firm, Berkery Noyes.
As young financial technology companies continue to attract increasing amounts of venture capital funding, investment bankers are expecting more mergers and acquisitions activity in the sector. Data from New York-based investment bank Berkery Noyes shows that there were 343 deals in the financial technology and information industry in 2014, 8% higher than 2013, with transaction value up by just 5% to $28.7 billion.
Jonathan Krieger, managing director at Berkery Noyes, said Accolade would likely command an attractive multiple in a sale process, anywhere from 3x to 5x revenue or 8x to 15x EBITDA. “There are very few players with the same scale and growth trajectory that are serving self-insured employers and payors,” he noted.
According to Education Investor, M&A activity in the US education industry is hotter than ever. Kirsten Noben looks at what’s driving the trend and the subsectors getting most love. While a bounce back in state spending has played a part, technology has been the main driver, with nearly $2 billion (£1.3 billion) invested in the ed tech space alone last year.
Media and marketing deal making for the first half of 2015 were relatively constant versus the previous six-month period-- with volume and median costs dropping. Deal volume grew 3% to 863 from 841 versus for the last six months of 2014, according to media investment banker Berkery Noyes.
“Many media and marketing companies are looking for acquisitions to enhance their growth,” said Mary Jo Zandy, managing director, Berkery Noyes. “They are also making investments in those areas where their clients are spending the most money and where they can sell their services at a premium. M&A activity is robust due to the high stock market valuations and the low cost of financing transactions.”
For an indication of just how steep valuations are getting- one needn’t look any farther than the software sector. Sponsor-backed transactions made up more than 40% of the dollar value of deals so far this year, despite accounting for just 18% of transaction volume, according to a report from investment bank Berkery Noyes.
This week, Berkery Noyes investment bank released its 2015 M&A trends report for the software industry. With all of the recent lower-than-expected quarterly revenue reports in the technology sector, it might be easy to assume that portions of the IT industry are seeing a cooling off period. But don't tell that to Microsoft Corp., which leads all firms in technology company acquisitions for the first half of 2015.
Wilmington plc, a U.K.-based publisher and business information provider, took a step toward improving its market position in the U.S. on Tuesday with the acquisition of Financial Research Associates, the company announced. Berkery Noyes represented FRA in the transaction.
Financial Research Associates LLC (FRA), organizers of highly specialized conferences in the finance and healthcare sectors, has been acquired by Britain’s Wilmington plc. Berkery Noyes represented FRA in the negotiations.
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the healthcare IT segment improved 33 percent on a year-to-year basis, according to new research from New York City-based investment bank Berkery Noyes. The health IT segment accounted for almost half of the industry’s aggregate deal volume, and strategic acquirers comprised 70 percent of the segment’s volume, according to the research.
Private equity firms and strategic acquirers interested in making deals in K-12 education this year will be looking to invest in businesses that provide adaptive learning and assessment, according to a report from Berkery Noyes, a New York-based investment bank. "Most companies in the education sector have been doing very well of late," said Mary Jo Zandy, a Berkery Noyes managing director, in an interview.
Jonathan Krieger, managing director at investment bank Berkery Noyes, said multiples among wellness companies can range from 7x to 15x EBITDA and between 1x to 3x revenue. Krieger said Wellness Coaches is a very attractive target in a fragmented market that is seeing increased consolidation, driven largely by rising insurance premiums, demographic trends, new reimbursement models and health reform. He believed both PE firms and strategic players would show interest in the company.
Southwest Financial Services Ltd. has been part of downtown Cincinnati for more than 25 years, and now it has a new owner. Berkery Noyes served as an adviser for the acquisition, which continues Solidifi’s rapid growth. The firm has expanded more than 50 percent annually since 2008.
Solidifi, a provider of residential real estate appraisals, acquired Cincinnati-based Southwest Financial Services, provider of outsourced services to home equity lenders. Along with the acquisition, Solidifi’s parent, Real Matters, raised $60 million in financing to strengthen the company’s balance sheet and to pursue further strategic opportunities.
Solidifi, an independent real estate appraisal management company (AMC), has acquired Southwest Financial Services Ltd., a national, independent provider of outsourced services to home equity lenders. Berkery Noyes was an advisor for the transaction.
According to Berkery Noyes’ latest research, transaction volume decreased 11 percent in Q1 2015. This followed a 16 percent rise in Q4 2014. Total value declined 35 percent over the past three months, from $24.1 billion to $15.6 billion. Of note, eight of the industry’s top ten largest deals in Q1 2015 were based outside of the U.S.
Online and mobile deal volume increased 4% in the first quarter of 2105 compared with Q4 2014, to 696 transactions from 670 transactions, reports investment bank Berkery, Noyes and Co. LLC. Reported deal value increased to $26.1 billion from $22.6 billion during this period.
LRP Conferences LLC has acquired Future of Education Technology Conference, FETC Virtual Conference, Campus Technology Conference and the Campus Technology Forum. The seller is 1105 Media Inc., which is backed by Alta Communications and Nautic Partners. LRP Conferences is an affiliate of LRP Publications. Berkery Noyes & Co LLC advised 1105 Media.
LRP Conferences, producers of national conferences and professional research services, has acquired several education technology events from 1105 Media. Investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co, LLC represented 1105 Media, Inc. in the transaction.
1105 Media will continue to operate its publishing and digital products in the education marketplace, including Campus Technology and THE Journal, which serve the higher education and K-12 sectors, respectively. Investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co, LLC represented 1105 Media, Inc. in the transaction.
LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications and producers of national conferences and professional research services, announced April 2 the acquisition of four education technology events from 1105 Media Inc., a California-based multimedia B2B company. Investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co, LLC represented 1105 Media Inc. in the transaction.
Trade shows have become a particularly sought after asset in media M&A lately. B2B publisher 1105 Media has just sold its education technology events to LRP Publications, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based media company targeting education administrators. Media M&A broker Berkery Noyes represented 1105 in the deal.
Berkery Noyes served as a sponsor and presented an award at the Benzinga Fintech Awards, an event dedicated to recognizing outstanding innovation in financial technology that is specific to the capital markets. Over 100 of the most innovative financial technology companies competed against each other.
Emerald Expositions, LLC (“Emerald”) announced that it has acquired several leading brands in the healthcare and senior living design market from Vendome Group, LLC. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Investment Bank, Berkery Noyes & Co, LLC, represented Vendome in the transaction.
Emerald Expositions LLC announced two show acquisitions in March that beefed up the company’s design group portfolio. The transaction includes three Vendome brands that are focused on the design and construction of healthcare and senior living facilities. Berkery Noyes represented Vendome Group in the negotiations.
Emerald Expositions LLC, a portfolio company of Onex Corp, has bought several brands in the healthcare and senior living design market. The seller was Vendome Group LLC. Among the purchased brands is Healthcare Design Conference and Expo, a tradeshow focused on design for healthcare facilities. Investment Bank, Berkery Noyes & Co, LLC, represented Vendome in the transaction.
Emerald Expositions bought several brands in the healthcare and senior living design market, including the Healthcare Design Conference and Expo and other events, education, print and online assets from the Vendome Group. Investment Bank, Berkery Noyes & Co, LLC, represented Vendome in the transaction.
"Yes, [these valuations] are high," said Mary Jo Zandy, managing director at Berkery Noyes, New York. "Still they are companies that have unlimited, global potential. And Snapchat and Pinterest are successful platforms, something very hard to achieve."
Total media and marketing transaction volume grew by double-digit percentage in 2014 -- but the total number of transactions and the average revenue and cash flow selling multiples remained generally the same as the year before. Investment banker Berkery Noyes says transaction volume rose 22% to $91 billion in 2014 over the year before; with the number of transactions at 1,696 in 2014 versus 1,697 in 2013.
Takeovers of financial-technology providers rose five percent in 2014 to $28.7 billion, according to research from investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co. Payments companies are consolidating as consumers show an increased preference for credit cards, while providers of financial software are striking deals to keep their technology fresh.
Not only is venture capital for edtech startups growing--so, too, are mergers and acquisitions for more mature companies. The number of education M&A deals in 2014 increased 9 percent from 2013 (from 298 to 325); the value of those deals, however, jumped 25 percent from $9.12 billion to $11.4 billion. "The focus on education access, data analytics, and outcomes-driven technology products and services continues to shape the industry," says Peter Yoon, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, in the press release.
The business climate for dealmaking in the K-12 marketplace should be a favorable one in 2015, according to Mary Jo Zandy, a managing director at Berkery Noyes, a New York-based investment bank. "I think it will be a good year for M&A activity in education in general," said Zandy, whose firm recently released its 2014 Education Report, tracking sales and purchases of education companies that serve students and professionals from 2012 to 2014.
Marketing M&A deal value tripled in 2014, according to the 2014 M&A trend report by independent investment bank Berkery Noyes. Four of the industry's top 10 highest-value deals were in the marketing segment last year, and each transaction was worth more than $2 billion. Only one deal generated this much value in 2013.
2014 was a big year for payments M&A, the latest Financial Technology M&A report by Berkery Noyes reveals. Not only were four out of the five largest financial technology M&A deals in the payments segment, but transaction volume also experienced a 44% rise over the past year.
Mergers and acquisitions among payments companies rose 44% in 2014 compared to the year before. Overall, there were 137 transactions in the payments industry, compared to 95 in 2013, making it the financial sector with the largest rise in volume. "Big corporations tend to wait for one or two smaller companies to compete with similar payments technologies, then focus on the one that survives as a company to approach for a potential acquisition," John Guzzo, managing director at Berkery Noyes, stated in a press release.
"2014 was quite a year for the M&A market in terms of both volume and value," Mary Jo Zandy, managing director with Berkery Noyes, told eWEEK. "With generally strong balance sheets and healthy income statements, the major strategic buyers are, by and large, continuing to look for acquisitions that offer additional growth opportunities."
Software industry mergers and acquisitions rose dramatically this past year, with Facebook’s moves accounting for 20% of the growth. In its Software Industry M&A Report for 2014, investment bank Berkery Noyes revealed a 14% increase in the number of deals to a total of 1,840 transactions, with deal value rising 36% from US$88.32 billion to $120.18 billion.
Every quarter, investment bank Berkery Noyes compiles an analysis fintech M&A trends. Berkery's managing director John Guzzo shares his insights on trends to look out for in the fintech market next year.
Robb Report, a magazine and lifestyle brand dedicated to the ultra wealthy, has been sold to Rockbridge Growth Equity, a Detroit-based private equity firm. Berkery Noyes served as financial advisor to Robb Report on the deal.
Rockbridge Growth Equity said Wednesday it has acquired the Robb Report. Malibu, Calif.-based Robb Report is a magazine that caters to ultra affluent consumers. Dan Gilbert, who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, is the Rockbridge Growth’s managing partner. Berkery Noyes advised the Robb Report.
Rockbridge Growth Equity acquired Robb Report, a luxury lifestyle-focused media company whose publications include Health & Wellness, Home & Style and Watch Collector, according to a news release. Robb Report was advised by Berkery Noyes.
But Mary Jo Zandy, managing director of investment bank Berkery Noyes, says she’s somewhat skeptical about the staying power of these programs and “what kind of traction they’ve gotten.” She says none of the courses are of critical mass yet. Nevertheless, she says more educational technology companies will look to take advantage of investor interest by tapping the public market, following the example of 2U, which had a successful public offering in March.
Mary Jo Zandy, managing director of investment bank Berkery Noyes, said MHE is waiting to go public sometime in 2015. “It’s not a secret that that’s their goal,” Zandy said. “The ingredients are there. The stock market looks good for education companies,” she said. The company is doing well and repositioning itself to emphasize growth and educational technology. K-12 is rebounding and the company is also strong in higher education, she noted.
Truven Health Analytics, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, has agreed to buy Heartbeat Experts. No financial terms were disclosed. Berkery, Noyes & Co was the financial advisor to Heartbeat Experts on the transaction. Heartbeat Experts is a provider of stakeholder management solutions for the life sciences sector.
According to Peter Yoon, a managing director at the Berkery Noyes investment bank who specializes in the education and training sector, ed-tech investment has increased steeply since 2006. More than $1-billion was invested in ed-tech companies in 2013, he said, and in the first quarter of this year more than $500-million was invested. "It's quite a brisk pace in terms of the amount of investment," Mr. Yoon said. "Compared to previous years, it's a tremendous increase."
Truven Health Analytics Inc., a provider of health-care analytics and data services backed by Veritas Capital, said it agreed to acquire Heartbeat Experts, a provider of stakeholder management services for the life sciences industry, for an undisclosed sum. Berkery Noyes & Co. served as the exclusive financial adviser to Heartbeat Experts in the transaction.
M&A transactions will likely show more growth in Q4, says Peter Ognibene, the firm's managing director. "We are in a frothy M&A market right now, particularly in software and tech, so we can expect to see big deals and numbers continue to trend up," he told IBD. Increasing VC fund dollars also drives M&A activity, Ognibene says. "More capital chasing the same number of deals drives up the value, which creates more sellers, which creates more volume, which will bring more interest," he said. "It's a virtuous circle."
"It's been a very strong year--probably better than the prior year," Mary Jo Zandy, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, tells EdSurge. In K-12, which "was more depressed than higher-ed and professional publishing during the recession, push from various legislation, testing consortia" are "driving changes in states and district budgets and forcing them to try new things."
Britain’s i2i Events Group has acquired Money 20/20, a fledgling financial services conference and exhibition held in Las Vegas in November. Terms of the deal were not announced. Money 20/20 will continue to operate under the leadership of its founders, Anil Aggarwal and Jonathan Weiner. Berkery Noyes represented Money20/20 in the transaction.
John Guzzo, MD at Berkery Noyes, says: “Card providers and merchants are seeking to gain a competitive edge and reduce fraud related costs by acquiring the best technology available. As EMV capable systems reduce in-person fraud, fraudsters will shift online, thus requiring merchants to adopt even more advanced technology.
"Very attractive and large properties have come to market. The universe of acquirers has grown beyond Oracle and SAP," Mary Jo Zandy, managing director from Berkery Noyes, told eWeek. "Private equity players, such as VISTA, have been acquisitive. And capital markets have enabled them to pay premiums, based upon debt availability."
According to an article written in Bank Systems & Technology by John Guzzo, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, the ongoing implementation of new regulations are driving innovation in mortgage servicing. Prior to the credit crisis, mortgage regulations had focused mainly on the originations sector, but this is rapidly changing as regulators give the servicing sector more attention.
The new business lines allow insurers to diversify and strengthen their revenue base, said Jonathan Krieger, managing director at investment bank Berkery Noyes, which focuses on the technology sector. “There's a lot of activity in the space,” he said. “They need to look for other ways to maintain their margins.”
“Data driven decision-making that is built into assessment capabilities will continue to redefine traditional publishers offerings,” Mary Jo Zandy, managing director at mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes, said of deals like the MHE acquisition of Engrade.
The number of mergers and acquisitions in the education industry climbed during the first half of the year, as did the multi-billion dollar value of those transactions, according to a new report. The biggest deal during that period was the acquisition of SkillSoft, an Irish company that provides cloud-based technology services to governments, businesses, and schools, by Charterhouse Capital Partners, for $2.3 billion, according to Berkery Noyes, the independent investment bank that published the report.
Jon Krieger, managing director of Berkery Noyes, said ABILITY likely would attract numerous buyers in a future sale, including healthcare IT companies such as Emdeon, Cerner, McKesson, and Vista Equity-backed Greenway Medical Technologies, as well as insurers such as UnitedHealth Group.
Mergers and acquisitions across healthcare, pharma and health IT are on the rise, having increased by 18 percent since the second half of 2013, with health IT outpacing all other segments, according to a report from Berkery Noyes. In a statement, Berkery Noyes Managing Director Tom O’Connor said the health IT marketplace is “rapidly changing,” and that “both strategic and financial buyers are on the hunt for attractive acquisitions of scale.”
Mergers and acquisitions for the health IT market continue to see big numbers, with total deal volumes increasing 18 percent since the second half of 2013, according to a new Berkery Noyes trend report. "Private vendors of tech-enabled healthcare solutions continue to be in high demand by both strategic and financial buyers," added Jonathan Krieger, managing director at Berkery Noyes, in a statement.
Claim overpayments are a significant contributor to the rising costs of healthcare, with claim error rates for commercial, Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) and Medicaid FFS claims estimated to be a market opportunity in excess of USD 150bn, said Jonathan Krieger, managing director of healthcare investment banking at Berkery Noyes. PE firms are attracted by the margins and growth characteristics of these companies, as their revenue models are typically a percentage of the overpayments collected, added Krieger, who represented AfterMath Clain Science in its sale to Equian last month.
M&A activity in the financial technology sector was down for the first half of 2014 as compared with the last six months of 2013, according to new research from Berkery Noyes. Deal activity in the payments segment saw only a 5% decline in the first half of 2014, Berkery Noyes reported. This followed a 64% increase between the first half and the second half of 2013.
Payments is likely to stay in the forefront of M&A activity as the industry invests in emerging security technology, says John Guzzo, managing director for Berkery Noyes. As companies continue to pursue electronic bill payment and online payments to eliminate paper bills, the payments industry may see more mergers in that space in the future, Guzzo says.
Investment bank Berkery Noyes’ first-half report for 2014 shows total value for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the media and marketing industry up on a half-year basis, from $45.8 billion to $49.8 billion. Total value of M&A in the industry had a sharp 70% increase compared with the first half of 2013, which had a total value of $29.5 billion.
According to an article written in Bank Systems & Technology by John Guzzo, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes, automated solutions can help credit unions take advantage of the market growth in auto and personal loans as refinancing opportunities decline.
Equian, which is backed by Great Point Partners, has closed its buy of AfterMath Claim Science. No financial terms were disclosed. Berkery Noyes advised AfterMath Claim Science on the transaction. Based outside Chicago, AfterMath Claim Science is a provider of overpayment solutions for healthcare payors.
Private equity-backed Equian has acquired AfterMath Claim Science Inc., a health care technology company. AfterMath, headquartered in Warrenville, Illinois, provides post-payment recovery services that aim to eliminate medical claim payment errors through data mining technology called ClaimScope.
Equian, a health-care information services company backed by Great Point Partners, has bought post-payment recovery services company AfterMath Claim Science Inc. In the release, Equian said the purchase expands the Indianapolis, Ind.-based bill review and repricing service providers' "capabilities through advanced data mining and analytics," and builds on its acquisition of The Reclaim Group LLC last year.
Mergers and acquisitions in the mobile industry continued at a flurried pace this year, with the volume of merger deals up to five percent in the first three months of 2014 alone. Total transaction value rose by 63 percent, from $26.5 billion to $43.3 billion, according to the Online and Mobile Industry trend report by Berkery Noyes, an independent mid-market investment bank.
Marketing M&A deal activity increased 22% year over year, marking one of the highest volume quarters on record, according to new data from mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the marketing industry rose 22 percent in first-quarter 2014, the largest quarterly rise in volume for the sector, says a new study from investment bank Berkery Noyes.
In 2013, M&A specialists Berkery Noyes (New York) tracked 295 transactions in the broader education space, up from 274 in 2012 and worth an estimated $10.2 billion, up from an estimated $8.04 billion on 2012.
“The breadth of acquirers continues to expand, as buyers look to capitalize on the size, rapidly evolving dynamics and growth characteristics of the healthcare market,” said Thomas O’Connor, Berkery Noyes managing director. “In addition, acquirers are aggressively looking to broaden product suites, leverage distribution channels, realize revenue and gain cost synergies.”
There were 434 overall media/marketing deals in the first three months of 2014 -- this versus 423 the quarter before and 417 against the first quarter of 2013, this according to a study by New York investment banker Berkery Noyes.
According to Berkery Noyes, the niche software market was the largest of four segments defined by the bank’s analysts. The niche software segment, which consists of software that is targeted to specific vertical markets, underwent a ten percent volume increase in Q1 2014.
Overall, there have been 573 mergers and acquisitions in the education industry over the past two years, and the number of transactions rose by 8 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to the independent investment bank Berkery Noyes, which studied dealmaking over that period.
Transaction volume for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the software industry declined 4 percent on a quarter-to-quarter basis, though this represented a 14-percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2013, according to midmarket investment bank Berkery Noyes. "Many acquirers are looking for the ability to manage enterprise platforms across public, private and hybrid cloud environments," James Berkery, chief information officer at Berkery Noyes, said in a statement.
Boathouse Capital has partnered with the management team and employees of MIS Training Institute to acquire the US and UK operations of the company from its former parent, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. Berkery Noyes advised MIS Training Institute and Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.
Boathouse Capital funded a buyout of MIS Training Institute, a unit of professional training company Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC with operations in the U.S. and U.K., through a newly formed employee stock ownership plan. Berkery Noyes & Co. advised MIS Training Institute and Euromoney Institutional.
Polaris, which has offices in Waltham, Mass., San Francisco and Dublin, reached a deal to acquire Roberts Group through a process managed by New York boutique investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co.
Specialty lenders have become an increasingly common source of funding for private equity-backed deals in the technology and information services space, partly because of the flexibility that they provide, according to John Guzzo, managing director at Berkery Noyes & Co., an investment bank focused on the information and technology industries. Specifically, Mr. Guzzo said he has seen more specialty lenders offer unitranche debt, which combines the senior debt and mezzanine or subordinated debt for a deal all in one package.
Higher Education Media and Tech deal activity saw an 11 percent improvement between 2012 and 2013, according to the Berkery Noyes Education Industry M&A Report for full year 2013.
According to a report from Berkery Noyes, an investment bank, there were 1,598 mergers and acquisitions in the software industry in 2013, worth an aggregate $88.22 billion. Companies sold, on average, for 2.4x their previous year’s revenue.
In the 2013 FinTech M&A report, Berkery Noyes notes that 2013’s highest value insurance transactions were completed by private equity firms. Despite this fact, John Guzzo, managing director at Berkery Noyes, tells Reuters IFI that private equity was not the primary driver of FinTech transactions last year. Rather, Guzzo said the increase in deal activity was driven by the large players in the FinTech space.
Just as the media world is obsessing on the Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal, investment bankers BerkeryNoyes released its summary reports for the three-year trends of all transactions in the sectors it covers, including everything which is broadly part of the Information Industry, that they divide into Media & Marketing, Software and Online & Mobile segments.
“Mobile is having a major impact on the retail landscape, and many of the bigger companies realize that they need to adapt,” said Mary Jo Zandy, managing director of Berkery Noyes, New York. “This bodes well for future M&A activity as acquirers look to fill voids in their existing product offerings,” she said.
"The big education players are acquiring to help manage the transition from print to digital," Peter Yoon, managing director of Berkery Noyes' education group, said in an interview. He said they're also moving to "strengthen their presence in emerging markets."
A dynamic health IT marketplace is rewarding robust and scalable companies – especially those whose products focus on revenue cycle and clinical decision making, according to a trend report from investment bank Berkery Noyes.
"The MDM sector remains poised for consolidation,” said Mary Jo Zandy, Managing Director, Berkery Noyes, via email. “More so than any potential mega deals, most of the activity will involve the acquisitions of small and mid-sized companies that fill existing voids in the marketplace.
Mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes has released its 2013 mergers and acquisitions report for financial technology and information companies in capital markets, payments, banking, insurance and other financial services. There were 341 deals across all industries in 2013, a 10% growth from 2012.
Media/marketing deals remained relatively the same in 2013 versus the previous year, but total dollar value soared -- nearly 30%, due in large part to the Publicis-Omnicom merger. Total market value was $97.3 billion -- up from $75.8 billion, according to New York investment banker Berkery Noyes.
In a conference call held to discuss the deal, NCR said that the transaction is valued at a multiple of 15.7 times pro-forma EBITDA of $105 million for the 12 months up to July 31.That's higher than the median valuation for technology deals that took place in the first half of 2013. According to mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes, the median EBITDA multiple for technology deals was 12.5 times in the first half of this year.
"Payments has very strong proprietary technology vendors, but they lack the sales and distribution forces, so they look to align with larger payments companies," Guzzo says of a common industry scenario. "An ancillary benefit of that is those channel partners are likely buyers," he adds.
BLR said Tuesday that it has acquired HCPro and HealthLeaders Media brands. No financial terms were disclosed. Berkery Noyes served as HCPro’s exclusive financial advisor in the transaction.
The end-of-the year activity comes after third-quarter activity across the education spectrum. Berkery Noyes investment bank said six third-quarter education-related transactions had an aggregate value of $1.5 billion, representing 75% of third-quarter transaction value and 26% of transaction value in the first nine months of 2013.
Peter Yoon, a managing director on education issues at Berkery Noyes, sees two main factors driving the recent activity among companies serving toddlers and young children. The first is that the child-care sector is a cyclical one. It tends to grow as the economy gains strength—as it appears to be doing now—and both parents enter the workforce, and the need for child care increases, Yoon said.
"Health care deal flow continues to be strong for companies developing proprietary technology/content, of scale in their markets, high revenue growth (double digit), high percentage of recurring revenue and large total addressable market opportunity," Tom O'Connor, managing director at Berkery Noyes, said in a statement.
“Deal value declined a bit on a quarter-to-quarter basis,” commented James Berkery, CIO of Berkery Noyes. “I wouldn’t look at that as a real indicator moving forward, since the volume has increased. The decline is largely due to smaller mid-market deals.”
A new report by Berkery Noyes indicates that both product sales and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) within the vendor community are going strong, with $6.29 billion worth of M&A activity in 2012, driven by the HITECH Act and the pressing need to resolve pain points in the healthcare industry.
The healthcare market, especially health IT, remains "highly fragmented," with lots of openings for entrepreneurs who can solve providers' "pain points," according to the latest trend report from Berkery Noyes.
Berkery Noyes was selected as a finalist in the M&A Deal of the Year category. The firm was nominated due to its representation of Great Escape Theatres, which was acquired by Regal Entertainment Group. The winners will be announced on December 17th.
Berkery Noyes was nominated in the North American boutique investment bank of the year category, as part of the M&A Atlas Awards program hosted by the Global M&A Network. All award winners will be officially revealed on October 24th.
Columbia Books & Information Services has purchased Thompson Information Services for an undisclosed amount. The company was sold by the Thompson Media Group, which has been in the process of selling its business units. Thompson Information was the fifth and final unit to be sold.
Columbia Books & Information Services announced Aug. 29 that it has acquired Thompson Information Services, a publisher of subscription-based regulatory and compliance information primarily for human resource departments, from Thompson Media Group. The transaction was handled by Berkery Noyes.
Wilmington Group, a U.K.-based information provider that focuses on professional business markets, has acquired Compliance Week from Haymarket Media Group. Berkery Noyes acted as Haymarket's financial adviser in the deal.
"Education in general is probably a middle-market sector, probably a little lower. If you got a company that is getting in the range of $40 million to $50 million in Ebitda or so, then you are quickly gobbled up by another strategic or you're thinking about going public," said managing director Peter Yoon.
Investment bank Berkery Noyes shares a summary of education industry mergers & acquisitions during the first half of 2013 here. This is big game stuff and includes everything from K-12 deals to those involved with professional training: all told, the firm tracked 135 transactions valued collectively at $3.84 billion.
In the payments industry, point of sale technology has become the "hottest area" of interest for companies considering an acquisition, according to the investment bank Berkery Noyes. "As the trend moves away from cards, cash and gift cards to e-wallets, point-of-sale transactions will change," says John Guzzo, the bank's managing director in the financial technology and services group.
Strategic buyers in the media and marketing industry, driven by a shift toward digital, are on the rise, according to a recent report by investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co. LLC.
The big increase in the in the last six months of 2012 was because of tax changes, with entrepreneurs and companies trying to close deals before New Year’s to take advantage of capital gains treatment, John Guzzo, managing director of Berkery Noyes, said. "The second half of last year was an anomaly," Guzzo noted.
Private equity M&A activity in the information technology industry fell 15% in the first half of the year, according to a study from Berkery Noyes. Transactions totaled 234, compared with 198 in the second half of 2012. Deal volume by strategic acquirers, however, was largely flat.
"The main catalyst of this deal was acquiring a strong core banking platform and using that to sell other products and solutions to banks," says John Guzzo, a managing director at investment bank Berkery Noyes. "It's really about providing a full product suite and acquiring a business that's going to get them into different markets."
Peter Yoon, the managing director of Berkery Noyes, said in a statement that the education industry remains in a "period of transition" which began during the deep recession a few years ago—and drained state and local K-12 budgets—and has continued to feed an "environment where many are questioning the value of the traditional education models."
The mergers and acquisitions market has been very robust in healthcare generally and in health IT in particular, said Jonathan Krieger, managing director for healthcare investment banking for Berkery Noyes, an investment banking advisory firm, in an interview with InformationWeek Healthcare.
"Even though you have within healthcare a massive proliferation of the digitization of data, it typically has been paper based forever," Jonathan Krieger told Med Ad News Daily. "Over the last two years it has been very quickly digitized."
For the first half of 2013, health information technology was the most active market segment of the healthcare/pharma IT industry for mergers and acquisitions, according to a report from New York-based investment bank Berkery Noyes.
According to an article in Healthcare IT News which quotes investment bank Berkery Noyes, "During the first six months of 2013, health information technology was the 'most active market segment' of the healthcare/pharma/IT industry for mergers and acquisitions."
For the first half of 2013, health information technology saw more action in mergers and acquisitions than segments like healthcare business services, consumer health and pharma IT, according to a new report from New York-based investment bank Berkery Noyes.
According to data released by Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers, healthcare IT was the most active market for mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2013. Healthcare IT accounted for 63 percent of transactions and 40 percent of total mergers and acquisitions volume during that time frame.
"The breadth of acquirers for HIT companies continues to expand as buyers look to capitalize on the size, rapidly evolving dynamics and growth characteristics of the healthcare market," said Jonathan Krieger, managing director at Berkery Noyes, in a statement.
Managing Director John Guzzo recently participated in RGA's podcast series, which gathers insight from leading experts in the Information Industry. In the podcast, John discusses why recurring revenue, scalability, limited customer concentration, EBITDA margin, and growth are some of the key factors that business owners should consider before selling their company.
M&A value in the media and marketing industries was $29.4 billion in the first half of the year, up 2% from the year-earlier period but down a steep 37% from $47.4 billion in the second half of last year, according to a report from investment bank Berkery, Noyes & Co.
On a whole, the quantity of private equity deals is about the same since last year, but has almost doubled in value to $12.9 billion in the first half of 2013 compared with those same six months in 2012, says James Berkery, CIO at Berkery Noyes.
Private equity firm StoneCalibre has purchased Source Technologies, which provides magnetic ink printers. John Guzzo of Berkery Noyes was Source Technologies’ financial adviser.
StoneCalibre, a private investment firm formed by a former Platinum Equity partner, acquired Source Technologies LLC, an on-demand printer of checks, money orders and other banking documents, from fellow private equity firm Liberty Partners. Berkery Noyes advised Source in the sale to StoneCalibre.
California investment firm StoneCalibre said on Monday that it has acquired Source Technologies from Liberty Partners. Berkery Noyes acted as the financial advisor to Source Technologies for this transaction.
In late May, the New York-based Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers released a white paper titled "An Overview of M&A in the Healthcare IT Sector." Shortly after the release of the white paper on Berkery Noyes’ website, Tom O’Connor gave his first interview about the report to HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland.
The healthcare IT merger and acquisition space will go through heavy consolidation over the next five years, according to Tom O'Connor, managing director at New York-based Berkery Noyes.
Investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co. LLC advised Thompson on the sale process.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional announced today that, together with Reed Elsevier Properties, it has acquired the publishing brands and businesses of Sheshunoff and A.S. Pratt from Thompson Media Group. Berkery Noyes represented Thompson Media in the sale.
Mergers and acquisitions volume and deal value in the online and mobile industries fell for the first quarter compared with year-earlier results, but some subsectors bucked the trend, according to a report by investment bank Berkery Noyes & Co.
Although a down quarter overall, Berkery Noyes CIO James Berkery attributed cloud and as-a-service interest and adoption as making up for reductions in traditional business data software and services.
The number of M&A transactions fell 7 percent to 336 acquisitions from 362 in the prior quarter, according to new data from Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers. Deal value dropped 53 percent to $7.4 billion from $15.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The value of deals were down nearly 70% from the $25.6 billion in the the fourth quarter 2012, per investment banker Berkery Noyes. Marketing deals which continues to be the biggest category of the media and marketing sector, increased 8% in volume from the fourth quarter to around 120 deals.
Consolidation among software vendors in the governance, risk, and compliance sector seems to happen in waves that arrive every few years, and the latest wave seems to be upon us right now. So says a report from Berkery Noyes, an investment banking firm.
M&A activity in the media and marketing industry increased last year, with deal volume up 3% to 1,611 transactions compared with 1,570 transactions in 2011, according to data released earlier this year by media investment bank Berkery, Noyes & Co.
Following the release of its full year 2012 financial technology report, Berkery Noyes contributed data to a slideshow in PaymentsSource, which highlights current merger and acquisition trends in the payments industry.
"I think in terms of the quality of the deals, most people would say it was a pretty good year," said Managing Director Mary Jo Zandy, referring to the large amount of multimillion-dollar transactions in the educational sector in 2012. Last year had fewer blockbuster sales, but the steady continuation of acquisitions is a sign of a healthy market, Ms. Zandy said.
"Financial sponsors have had considerable capital on the sidelines," said Peter Yoon, a managing director at the investment bank. "Specialty vintage private equity funds are approaching an inflection point and I think currently the macroeconomic environment is showing signs of improvement."
Information-Management.com asked for a view of the year ahead in vendor consolidation and buyout from Berkery’s CIO Jim Berkery and Managing Director Mary Jo Zandy.
A lot of the M&A activity is being fueled in part by hospitals acquiring physician practices, Managing Director Tom O'Connor told FierceHealthFinance. "The physicians have resisted (modernization), but now they have to be more efficient because it is getting too expensive to provide care in the old-fashioned way," O'Connor said.
Over the past year, mergers and acquisitions have increased considerably in the healthcare IT sector, with smaller deals yielding big returns on investment, according to report from New York-based investment bank Berkery Noyes released Jan. 11.
“We are seeing [healthcare] technology sent to private equity groups, who are not healthcare centric per se, but who are pulling toward healthcare because healthcare is in desperate need of technology innovation and fresh ideas, and fresh capital,” Thomas O'Connor, managing director at Berkery Noyes, told Healthcare IT News.
Continuing a trend since 2010, health IT continues to outpace other health, medical, a pharmaceutical products and services by a significant margin, according to trend report published by Berkery Noyes.
Merger and acquisition activity in the media and marketing industry increased 3% to 1,611 transactions last year compared with 1,570 in 2011, according to investment bank Berkery Noyes.
New York-based investment banker, Berkery Noyes, says total dollar volume climbed 17% to $76 billion last year. But the price for those deals -- in terms of revenue multiples and the cash flow multiple -- went lower.
For the year, according to new data from Berkery Noyes Investment Bankers, the number of M&A transactions in the software sector rose just 1%, to 1,529 deals.There were only 10 deals in the sector with a value of more than $1 billion, and just four with a valuation of more than $2 billion. There were no deals in the $5 billion or above category.
"There was a lot of interest from potential buyers in the United States and overseas," said Berkery Noyes.
In part two, Managing Director John Guzzo discusses the technological innovation occurring in the mortgage technology sector and the potential impact it might have on future M&A activity.
"Spending on training and perks to retain existing employees has become more important on the corporate level," Yoon explains, adding that in the preschool through 12th grade, the sector is shifting from print to digital tools, improving teacher efficacy and interaction with students.
A recent report by Berkery, Noyes & Co. LLC confirms that event deals are on the rise. The report highlighted an 85 percent increase in event transaction volume (37 deals) for the first half of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011.
Managing Director John Guzzo participated in a roundtable discussion moderated by Mortgage Technology editorial director Mark Fogarty and managing editor Austin Kilgore.
NetLearning provides electronic training and competency management software for hospitals and other health-care companies. It has nearly one million active users, said Berkery Noyes, health care-focused investment banking firm that advised Independence, KY. based Cengage on the sale.
In a guest blog post for HousingWire, John Guzzo gives his take on some of the key highlights from the Source Media Mortgage Technology Conference.
Berkery Noyes was selected as a finalist in two categories: M&A Deal of the Year and Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year.
Berkery Noyes, who repped Great Escape in the Regal deal, described interest by "leading exhibitors in leading countries" in Europe, South America and Asia.
Advanstar Global, parent company of the biennial MAGIC Marketplace fashion shows, has acquired ENK International, owner of 14 high-end trade show fashion brands, including ENKUSA, ENKVEGAS, Fashion Coterie, Intermezzo and Sole Commerce.
The transaction announced November 16 will make ENK a separate division of Advanstar Global. ENK will have access to the new owners’ new digital “Shop the Floor” platform, which begins next year and will give users online access to sellers under the ENK and MAGIC brands.
Advanstar Global LLC , an events and information services company, said it agreed to acquire fashion trade show organizer ENK International LLC.
The publisher of Internet Retailer magazine, Vertical Web Media, has sold its e-commerce events unit to GLM, an events and association management firm run by b2b publishing veteran Charles McCurdy.
George Little Management LLC, a trade show production company backed by Providence Equity Partners, said it acquired the events group of Virtual Web Media for an undisclosed amount.
GLM has acquired the conference business of Vertical Web Media (VWM) in a move that will establish GLM in the e-commerce sector, a growing area that holds particular appeal to GLM’s trade show customers.
George Little Management continues to expand its events portfolio with the acquisition of the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, an e-commerce event, and related assets from Vertical Web Media for undisclosed terms.
The reasons behind this land-grab of education assets has to do with companies' attempts to provide a more comprehensive solution by combining content with digital tools, according to Berkery Noyes adviser Peter Yoon.
“Yes, the number of transactions fell slightly, but valuation levels for privately-held middle market companies continue to increase and 2012 is on pace for a record year in terms of both the number of deals and valuation,” said Berkery Noyes Managing Director Jon Krieger.
Berkery Noyes was selected as the winner in the Healthcare IT Deal of the Year category. Overall, 46 transactions were chosen for awards from a nominee pool of more than 600 mergers and acquisitions.
Berkery Noyes Managing Director Mary Jo Zandy, in a byline article for Sand Hill, outlines the factors impacting M&A activity in the e-Discovery space."With overall legal firm technology spending still recovering from the economic downturn, 2012 is shaping up as a record year, continuing the strong rebound performance among e-discovery vendors in 2011," said Zandy.