Mergermarket released Q1-Q3 2017 Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications trend report

Mergermarket has released its Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) trend report for Q1-Q3 of 2017. Technology related transactions are taking the lead this year, where media and telecom struggle to reinvent themselves. Such situation is likely to continue through the rest of the year.

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Report Highlights
  • The SoftBank Model: The company has already engaged 27 transactions this year, more than 3 times of the number for the whole 2016. Their targets ranged from medical testing start-ups to autonomous vehicle to artificial intelligence and robotics firms. Investments have especially picked up following the Vision Fund’s formation.
  • Chips in crisis: Besides Toshiba agreed to sell its prized microchip unit this September but interrupted by Toshiba SanDisk joint venture partner Western Digital, US President Donald Trump blocked China-backed, US-based Canyon Bridge Capital Partners’ takeover bid of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation due to national security concerns. Aside from there, Chinese bidders have signed deals to acquire 4 semiconductor related firms in US this year, altogether worth US$1.2bn.
  • Streaming wars: Online streaming is growing fast and neighboring industry such as Media has seen added pressure. Industry disruptor Netflix recorded a YoY 32.3% increase in revenue to US$8.4bn in Q1-Q3 2017 and made its first acquisition in August. Giants such as Disney, Apple and Facebook have also entered the fray.

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