The Global Technology Market Review – FY 2021

Chris Lewis, Julie Langley, Mark Williams, Richard Latner, Albert Kouzminski, William Garbutt, Vinay Saraiwala, Ramanan Thavendran

Deal activity for 2021 has been strong – the acceleration of digital transformation at the onset of Covid-19 pandemic to drive enterprise protection, solve global supply chain challenges and strengthen multi-cloud capabilities drove investors to pay premium multiples for both innovative startups and dominant incumbents.

Public markets were increasingly active too as 2021 marked the strongest year for global IPO listings. The indices we track across sectors grew in line with NASDAQ with a strong median valuation compared to the trailing historical medians. The year also saw a record high in deal volumes across the globe with CG Results alone completing eleven transactions in the technology sector in last twelve months.

Valuation multiples are also consistently strong this quarter, resulting in several IPOs across the sectors we track, With valuations strong, and investors and acquirers now confident operating in a virtual environment we expect a continued surge in M&A and private equity activity as we enter 2022.

In our Global Technology Market Review, we analyse valuations, M&A activity and broader trends in the key technology markets of enterprise software, technology services and cybersecurity. We hope that you enjoy this report and look forward to discussing the data and underlying themes with you. If you are contemplating fundraising, exit or growth through acquisitions, please do get in touch.

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