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M A R K E T
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INVESTMENT BANKING AND STRATEGIC ADVISORY TO THE TECHNOLOGY,
INFORMATION AND HEALTHCARE INDUSTRIES
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The report that follows clearly indicates that the m&a market in the dozen+ information technology sectors that we follow and
sometimes lead is strong. High demand often translates to high values. We recently advised on a sale at more than 30x
With interest rates low, corporate cash high, the US bull market now firmly in its 9th year (significantly longer than average)
and m&a values up substantially over the past few years, it is no surprise that many boards, CEOs and business owners are
asking us: Is this the time to raise capital or sell? Maybe. If your company is growing and cash flow positive, your
management team is having fun, and your investors are not in a rush – why sell? Your firm probably will be worth more in a
year. Timing markets is not an exact science. But if you are seriously contemplating a liquidity event, this is not a bad
environment to do so – as long as you are realistic about your own strengths and weaknesses and value expectations.
I wrote a recent blog post on this subject which you can see HERE. In short, while the market remains strong, it is what I call
cautiously optimistic – as opposed to irrationally exuberant. In fact, deal volume is down a bit from last year’s torrid pace.
For many it’s about perceived risk.
Marlin & Associates is one of the most active firms advising buyers and sellers of U.S. and international middle-market firms that provide software, data,
and related services. The firm is based in New York City, with offices in San Francisco, CA, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Canada. It has been the
recipient of numerous awards including “Boutique Investment Bank of the Year,” “Middle-Market Investment Bank of the Year,” "Middle-Market Financing
Agent of the Year – Equity," and “TM