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The second quarter saw 45 cybersecurity deal announcements totaling $12.94 billion in deal value, according to new data analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence. 451 Research. While transaction 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 mergers and acquisitions are still hot in the second quarter

Highlights of the new analysis include:

  • Cybersecurity acquirers priced targets at 7.3x average 12-month revenue in Q2 2022compared to 5.5x during the same period of 2021.
  • The broader tech sector reported transaction 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 the latest quarterly Voice of the Customer survey from 451 Research: Macro Outlook, SMB Technology Trends Survey. A third of IT decision makers surveyed representing small and medium-sized businesses said they would focus their IT spending on security over the next 12 months, up from 26% a year earlier. The survey was conducted in February 2022.
  • “With more operations moving online, security is expected to outperform all other IT categories,” 451 analyst Malav Parekh wrote in a report of the survey results. “Security is also the top spending goal for organizations at all stages of digital transformation.”.

Mergers and acquisitions in cybersecurity