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European tech company exits in 2014: 358 deals in total, €80.14B (disclosed), and other take-aways
Tech.eu took a deep dive into all of the data related to acquisitions, mergers and IPOs of European tech companies that took place in 2014. Below are the main take-aways – to buy the full report, go here.
Another noteworthy finding: the 125 deals (35% of the total exits tracked) that came with a price tag, which is to say its size was disclosed, amounted to a total of €80.14 billion (or almost $90 billion).
US companies are the most active buyers of European tech companies, by a margin. Approximately 37% of all acquisitions tracked by Tech.eu in 2014 were made by a US-based company, or 122 deals in total. That’s far ahead of #2, German companies, which made 40 acquisitions in Europe last year.
Speaking of Germany, that’s also the country with the most ‘domestic’ company exits in Europe: 59, compared to 54 in the United Kingdom, although we should note the UK had significantly more major ‘home runs’ (8 out of the 20 largest exits in 2014 involved a UK company).
Google acquired the most European tech companies in 2014 (8 in total), followed by Microsoft, Yandex and Facebook. Qualcomm rounds out the top 5.
This is just a small taste of the data and analysis that went into the full report, which you can buy here for £1,200. For more information about the report, read this article. And please spread the word. 😉