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Tech M&A Hits 20-Month High

Posted by: Spencer Ante on October 15, 2009

Recently, I wrote a story about the return of risk-taking to the U.S. technology sector. The story included M&A data that was current through Sep. 23. Well, I just got a hold of the numbers for the entire month, and they are impressive. All told, in Sep. 2009 there were 365 tech deals worldwide worth a total of $27.2 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. That is the most amount of tech deals since December 2007, when there were $27.3 billion worth of deals.

It may take a while longer to surpass the next biggest month in tech M&A, which was October 2007, when there were $37.7 billion worth of tech deals. But with big tech companies such as Cisco Systems on an acquisition rampage, we may get there sooner than we think. In the first two weeks of October, Cisco has already announced two deals worth $5.9 billion.

Here’s a spreadsheet with data from Thomson Reuters showing the last 20 months of tech M&A activity.

- Spencer Ante also publishes the Creative Capital blog. Click here to see more.

Sep 2009 Technology Mergers & Acquisitions

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Reader Comments

Roger Nolan

October 19, 2009 02:26 PM

As the economy recovers, I think we will see a large number of acquisitions in the social media space. Adobe's acquisition of Omniture is only the beginning.

See "A Coming Wave of Social Media Acquisitions"

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BusinessWeek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, Douglas MacMillan, and Spencer Ante dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. One of the first mainstream media tech blogs, Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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