from / via The Jordan, Edmiston Group Inc. press release
New York, NY June 30, 2014
The media, information, marketing and technology sectors saw 752 transactions announced in the first half of 2014, at a total value of $64.4 billion. Deal volume increased by 6% from 1H 2013, but with the help of Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging application WhatsApp in February and several other large transactions, deal value more than doubled from 1H 2013’s $27.8 billion. Twenty four large transactions with $500+ million price tags accounted for 71% of total announced deal value but only 3% of deal volume. In contrast, small deals under $50 million drove 83% of deal volume in 1H 2014...
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- Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion;
- CVC Capital Partners and Leonard Green & Partners acquisition of Advantage Sales & Marketing, a sales and marketing agency that specializes in growing brands in the consumer packaged goods industry, from Apax Partners for $4 billion;
- Priceline acquisition of restaurant reservation solutions provider OpenTable for $2.6 billion;
- Charterhouse Capital Partners acquisition of SkillSoft, a provider of on-demand training and e-learning solutions, for a reported $2.3 billion;
- Berkshire Partners acquisition of a majority stake in Catalina Marketing Corporation, a provider of consumer-driven marketing solutions to brand manufacturers, retailers and health providers, in a deal valued at approximately $2 billion;
- Cox Enterprises acquisition of a 25% stake in AutoTrader Group, a digital automotive marketplace for car shoppers and sellers, for $1.8 billion;
- KKR acquisition of Internet Brands, operator of media and e-commerce sites related to consumer purchases, from Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 billion;
- Hellman & Friedman acquisition of a majority stake in Renaissance Learning, a provider of computer-based assessment technology and school improvement programs, for $1.1 billion; and
- Relativity Media acquisition of Fullscreen, a digital media company that builds next-generation channels and networks on YouTube, for nearly $1 billion, according to several sources.
Leading M&A Sectors 1st Half 2014:
Mobile Media & Technology + Marketing Services + Technology
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