S&P Analysis: Cybersecurity M&A Still Hot In Q2, But Economic Uncertainties Weigh On Outlook

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The second quarter saw 45 cybersecurity deal announcements totaling $12.94 billion in transaction value, according to a new data analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence’s 451 Research. While the deal volume was slightly lower than the 52 announcements reported in the same period a year earlier, it remained well above the second-quarter volume seen in 2020, 2019 and 2018.

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Cybersecurity M&A Still Hot In Q2

Key highlights from the new analysis include:

  • Cybersecurity acquirers valued their targets at 7.3x trailing 12-month revenue on average in the second quarter of 2022, up from 5.5x in the same period of 2021.
  • The wider tech sector reported deal values at 3.2x trailing 12-month revenue on average in the second quarter of this year.
  • A growing number of companies plan to invest in cybersecurity in the near term, according to 451 Research’s latest quarterly Voice of the Customer: Macroeconomic Outlook, SME Tech Trends survey. A third of surveyed IT decision-makers representing small- and medium-sized enterprises said they will focus IT spending on security in the next 12 months, up from 26% a year prior. The survey was fielded in February 2022.
  • “With more operations moving online, security is expected to surpass all other IT categories,” wrote 451 analyst Malav Parekh in a report on the survey’s findings. “Security is also the top spending focus of organizations across all stages of digital transformation.”.

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