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Entering an Era of M&A Deals

Entering an Era of M&A Deals
May 18, 2022

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There’s a reason I love my Reebok hiking shoes more than any other shoe in my closet, and it has nothing to do with the great outdoors. I love them for the endorphin- and oxytocin-boosting effect of a great deal. You see, I got the shotes at nearly 80% off, or roughly the price of three flavored lattes. Science backs up my feeling. When we get a discount, our oxytocin jumps and our body relaxes. It’s no surprise then that some investors are licking their lips at potentially great deals on the sunken stock market as well as startups who will have a harder time raising capital.


So what makes a good acquisition target? As we’re learning from the current market correction, profit is primary. We’re looking at The Information’s picks for acquisition targets on the public market, and let's throw in a private market enterprise software company for comparison.



Market Cap/Valuation

Revenue Growth Rate

Why It's A Good Acquisition Target

Alteryx (Public)



Loyal customers and length in business (since 1997)

Fieldstack (Private)



Solid YoY revenue growth



Market Cap/Valuation

Revenue Growth Rate

Why It's A Good Acquisition Target




Business growing & cash flow

Balbix (Private)



PE-backed and growing



Market Cap/Valuation

Revenue Growth Rate

Why it’s a good acquisition target

Zendesk (Public)



Looking for acquisition while growing (Private)



Great customers and revenue growth

See what other companies have sustained 1-3 year revenue growth by filtering by industry and growth rate percentage here.

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[NY Times]
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Apple didn't directly address employee opinions in their decision to delay.
[The Verge]

Since last week, PrivCo has added:
123,484 Companies | 245 Funding Activities | 217 M&A Deals

Funding & Deal Highlights:


Claravine raises $16MM from Five Elms

Analytics • Round B • Lehi, UT

Kriya raises $270MM from Patient Square

Biotechnology • Round C • Redwood City, CA

Elwood raises $70MM from Dawn

Fintech • Round A • Marylebone, London

Recurate raises $14MM from Jump  

E-Commerce • Equity • Washington, DC

Metatheory raises $24MM from A16z

Virtual Reality • Round A • Delaware City, DE  

Inflection raises $225MM from undisclosed investors

Language Learning • Equity • Palo Alto, NY

Satori raises $10MM from Polychain

Fintech • Seed • San Francisco, CA

Sustain.Life raises $16MM from Tapestry

SaaS • Seed • Jersey City, NJ

Optibus raises $100MM from Insight Partners 

Software • Round D • Tel Aviv, Israel

Kitopi raises $300MM from Softbank

Food Service • Round C • Dubai, UAE

Arthur Gallagher acquires Hruska 

Insurance • Acquisition • Mokena, IL   

Nucor acquires C.H.I. Overheard

Manufacturing • Acquisition • Arthur, IL 

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