Samsung joins tech giants and carmakers in race for autonomous and connected cars
London, April 5th, 2017: The latest market report from technology M&A advisory firm, Hampleton Partners, anticipates a big year ahead for the automotive tech sector following Samsung’s entry into the market through its $8 billion acquisition of U.S. car infotainment and audio company, Harman.
The deal, expected to close this year, positions the Korean tech giant against players such as Google, Apple and Softbank, and allows Samsung to diversify revenues in the aftermath of its explosive Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. The Automotive Technology M&A report, which covers mergers and acquisitions in the period between July 2014 and December 2016, shows the 30-month trailing revenue multiples recorded a steady increase in the last 12 months, rising to 3.3x in 2H 2016 from 2.5x during 2H 2015.
Out of 171 transactions in the trailing 30-month period, enterprise applications-related activity accounted for 42 percent of all dealmaking, followed by activity in the Internet, Commerce & Content space with 30 percent of all transactions.
The sector’s top acquirer with six deals announced since 2014 is Vista Equity Partners-owned Solera, a provider of risk and asset management software to the automotive, home ownership and digital identity markets.
AI to drive future of cars
Efforts to bolster capabilities and scale and in artificial intelligence and virtual assistants have thus far resulted in a number of strategic partnerships between tech groups such as Amazon and Microsoft with carmakers including Volkswagen, BMW and Ford. However, AI could also pave the way for a new wave in dealmaking. Leading this trend is ride-hailing company Uber, which acquired a machine learning startup and set up a new research lab dedicated to AI at the close of 2016.
Miro Parizek, principal partner, Hampleton Partners: “With the race for autonomous and connected cars now in full swing, carmakers and key players from the computing world alike will increasingly turn to M&A to accelerate the delivery of breakthrough tech to the mass-market.”
About the research
The 8th bi-annual “Hampleton Partners Automotive Tech M&A Research Report, 2H 2016” covers the period from July 2014 – December 2016, using data from 451 research. Hampleton’s research reports cover the following industries: Automotive Technology, Digital Marketing, E-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Internet of Things, IT Services and Outsourcing, SaaS and Cloud Services and Fintech.
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We are a London-based M&A advisory firm, serving the owners and shareholders of technology companies. With offices in the US and Europe, and associates in Asia, Hampleton combines international reach with local resources to provide the very best in M&A and corporate finance services. The Hampleton team boasts an invaluable combination of deal making expertise, operational experience, deep industry knowledge and an extensive network of contacts.
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