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March 03, 2021 1 Comment Author: Andy Jones

21 Years of Private Equity Acquisitions

I thought it would be interesting to look at the trends in private equity platform acquisitions year-by-year, since 2000. The graphs below represent 47,394 private equity platform acquisitions over the last 21 years.

We can clearly see the dip in new acquisitions during the dot.com bust (2001 – 2003), the last recession (2009), the skittishness of 2019 (Q4 mostly), and the pandemic of 2020.

October 06, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investment in Cloud Computing

Before the era of personal computers, companies used “Mainframes” for large centralized computing. In the 1970s and ’80s, individual users could access the Mainframe from the terminal on their desk. The rise of the personal computer placed the computing power and storage on our desks. Hence, the term “desktop computer”.

In a sense, cloud computing is a return to the Mainframe style of computing. That is, accessing remote resources (servers, databases, digital storage capacity, software, etc.) over the internet through the terminal of our personal computers.

By sharing large pools of resources, cloud computing offers advantages of reduced cost, increased scalability, massive computing power, and greater reliability.

Cloud computing also enables flexibility with remote work practices, a common theme in 2020. This general transition to cloud computing coupled with the accelerated shift to remote work has created a surge in the already-growing, global cloud computing industry.

While there are many private equity investments in companies that offer cloud-based, SaaS solutions, surprisingly, we do not see many recent private equity investments in the pure cloud computing space.

August 03, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in SaaS Companies

Private equity platform investments in Software-as-a-Service companies increased significantly in 2020YTD as a percentage of all PE deals. Many SaaS companies have been less negatively impacted by the economic impacts of the coronavirus compared to other industries, both in terms of continued demand for their product or service as well as the agility to continuing operations, working from home. In many cases, SaaS companies have benefitted by the sudden change in industry dynamics.