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Tech Takeovers Are Fewer--but Pricier

Acquisitions in the tech sector decreased 35% in the second quarter, but total spending grows.



The number of mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector is declining--but the value of the deals is climbing.

The number of tech sector deals decreased from 65 deals in the first quarter to 55 in the second quarter, a 15% drop according to the M&A Insights report released by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers on Monday.

However, the cumulative value of tech M&A activity jumped to $31.8 billion. That's an 8% increase from the previous quarter and a 35% increase from the same quarter last year.

In the second quarter of 2011, the average tech sector deal was worth $315 million. This past quarter, the average was $578 million per deal. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts the average deal value will decline throughout the rest of 2012, however.

Interestingly, the decline in M&A activity also comes amid a decline in IPO volume--both in the tech sector and more broadly. If the decline continues, PwC  notes, it could bump up deal activity "as former IPO candidates instead consider the M&A route."

The technology industry constituted 20% of all U.S. M&A deals in the second quarter, according to the report.

Last updated: Aug 14, 2012

JOHN MCDERMOTT is a business and culture reporter whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Playboy and on AOL.com. He recently moved from Chicago to Brooklyn, New York, to work for Inc.com.

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