M&A report - The European Software industry 2016

The European Software M&A market recorded high level of activity in 2016 with 393 closed transactions.

European Software industry: 2016 M&A Report

CatCap report

Growth strategies, Private Equity and over and over Cloud as transaction driver in the European Software market


We are very pleased to send you our report "M&A in the European Software Industry 2016" today.

The European Software M&A market recorded high level of activity in 2016 with 393 closed transactions. Together with our London based partner we analysed the M&A activity in the European Software Industry in 2016 and identified relevant market trends and headline deals.

The overall value of reported transactions in Europe grew by 47% to EUR 9.3bn with high valuations (high single digit revenue multiples and double digit EBITDA multiples). Business Process Software deals were leading the way. Large cap transactions have been driven by both strategic buyers and private equity investors and also small and mid-market transactions have seen a wide scope of investor activity. Geographically, it is interesting to note that US buyers prefer to invest in the UK, whereas Asian investors are especially interested in the German market. France, as the third biggest European software market, has seen a majority of domestic M&A transactions.

CatCap advises successful, high-growth companies on acquisitions and sales in a technologically sophisticated market. We work closely together with the market-relevant financial investors and family offices. CatCap is part of the international M&A partnership Globalscope, which includes over 50 partner companies and 500 professionals on all 5 continents worldwide.

In the last 12 months, CatCap could successfully close 23 transactions, of which were seven from the software segment and we are currently working on an additional number of projects from the software industry.

If you are interested in receiving the report, please contact  Elaine Kelly.