M&A Trends and Technologies Driving Enterprise Retail/Wholesale M&A
Retail/Wholesale and associated Software and IT markets have undergone a transformational change in the past few years with the emergence of new technologies and the ongoing change in consumer behaviours.
As a result of this shift, we have seen unprecedented levels of M&A activity here in the past few years as firms in all areas of this market, at all sizes, have been pursuing active acquisition strategies as they strive to incorporate new technologies, extend their market reach, and respond to change across all facets of the market, from AI, to cloud, to digital transformation and the user experience, and more.
This state of flux has created significant opportunities for shareholders, as both strategic and financial buyers compete to find the right acquisition targets to meet their growth objectives.
Transactions began to accelerate rapidly in both volume and value from 2014 onward, with last year’s total deal value almost two times that of the next highest year, 2015: