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For the last three years, mergers & acquisitions in oil & gas firms have held steady at about 100 a year. But during this period, many traditional investors—especially those in private equity—have decreased their investment activity in this industry sector.
Cut through the noise and understand how markets think about valuation
One of the most important enterprise valuation drivers—specifically for Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses—is revenue growth. During the pandemic, SaaS company revenue multiples were at an all-time high in both the public and private capital markets. In a historically low interest rate environment, “growth-at-all-costs” became an unfortunately familiar phrase.
The Stephens Debt Capital Markets team concluded another productive year, helping clients navigate a challenging credit market in 2022
We have modified the approach to our IB Quarterly Update. While historically we have focused on content relevant to each industry group, we have determined that the macro trends impacting businesses may be more helpful.
As markets continue to digest the effects of the crisis in Ukraine and the ongoing pandemic recovery, fresh momentum has returned to the M&A space for asset and wealth management companies.
Financial sponsors continue to show significant interest in critical outsourced services supporting the U.S. healthcare system. In particular the healthcare linen management space has received considerable attention, given the dynamics surrounding the business model.
On the surface, it may appear that M&A and private investment activity in the Technology sector lost momentum in the first quarter of 2022. However, a deeper assessment of market dynamics reveals that deal activity remains strong on a historical basis, with strategic buyers and financial investors still actively looking to execute transactions this year.
During a quarter that was highlighted by shifting monetary policies and increased geopolitical tensions, we continued to advise our clients on a wide range of transactions. This edition of the Quarterly Update features exclusive perspectives from senior bankers in every sector and subsector that we serve, on major trends that have emerged so far this year and what to look for in the months ahead.
The Healthcare IT space experienced record-breaking M&A and capital-raising activity in 2021, and this pace may be poised to continue throughout 2022 – particularly for companies investing in the augmentation of their cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms.
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