2019’s technological climate manifested by the daily pursuit of increasing, streamlining, and maximizing effort is apparent in every industry from small business food trucks utilizing handheld, portable Point of Sales devices, to Fortune 500 companies employing top of the line software developed for specific use within the company. It is without a doubt completely unavoidable, Private Equity sector is no exception.
Forget the seemingly endless back and forth correspondence, unsustainable spreadsheets, and multiple data platforms of old that have been prevalent in the dealings of Private Equity, technology notwithstanding, as the time has come for a comprehensive solution that delivers regardless of demand.
While investors might not be noticing, there is a significant shift occurring within the private equity industry — and these changes could benefit the performance of their portfolio. Firms have turned their attention to implementing resources and services to help streamline fund administration processes.
We’ve written a lot about mergers and acquisitions over the last year. The market is certainly robust, with megadeals leading the way. In fact, the M&A market is on pace for a record year according to Bloomberg, exceeding the $4.1 trillion total of 2007. But not all deals involve a combination of two companies. In fact, private equity M&As, where a fund developed by a PE firm purchases an asset, are in the midst of a strong run of growth.
According to Thomson Reuters, the rate of PE M&A deals is on the rise. During the first half of 2018, they accounted for 27 percent of all M&As, up from 24 percent in 2017. Not only are the total number of these deals on the uptick, but their value is increasing as well. The same research shows the total value of the deals from 1H 2018 were up 36 percent year over year.
Every once in a while, something is said about business that’s so on point that it’s hard to phrase it in any other way. In this case, it’s KPMG with their recent report “The digital transformation imperative.” The consulting firm writes:
Do I Really Need a Virtual Data Room? Comparing Data Rooms to Sites like DropBox
The worldwide virtual data room (VDR) market is expected to more than double in size to nearly $1.9 billion by 2022, this according to MarketsandMarkets. Driven by a combination of robust M&A activity, technological improvements and changing business practices, these highly secure systems for storing and managing sensitive data are streamlining how transactions are conducted.
With the stock market in near-record territory, experts predict interest in the equity markets will lead to a resurgence in IPOs after years of slow going. In a January 2018 Barron’s story, Fred Wilson, partner with the venture capital firm Union Square Ventures, said there’s a “pipeline of strong, mature and increasingly profitable” firms looking to go public in the next two years. This could include tech companies like Dropbox, Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest. Accompanying this growth of the IPO market will likely come a noticeable increase in the burgeoning virtual data room sector.