January 27th, 2015
It’s fitting that 451 Research released a study on merger and acquisitions (M&A) on the same day CMSWire shared the news of yet another tech industry merger.
The new research shows that M&A will continue this year — even faster and more furious than in record-setting 2014.
Last year, about $439 billion was spent on tech acquisitions, the most since 2000. The two biggest deals: Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner for almost $70 billion to top the list in February and AT&T purchase of DirecTV Group for “only” $67.1 billion in May.
There were also a number of large M&As involving less well-known brands: Medical device giant Medtronic acquired Ireland-based Covidien plc in June, and Swiss-based building materials company Holcim bought French cement, construction and concrete supplier Lafarge.