Digital Commerce M&A Market Will Remain Hot in 2022, Hampleton Partners Report Says
- In 2021, deal volume in the digital commerce M&A market grew 34% year-over-year
- $400 billion in transaction value disclosed for 2021
- Investors and acquirers favoring e-commerce software; media, social networks and games; food delivery; and the “circular economy”
London, United Kingdom – January 25, 2022. Hampleton Partners Digital Commerce M&A Report reveals that the growth of mergers and acquisitions in the sector is at its highest level. The industry signed over 2,317 deals in 2021, a 34% increase from the 1,725 deals in 2020 and a 65% increase from 2019 figures.
Hampleton’s report also highlights $400 billion in disclosed transaction value in the sector in 2021, including $140 billion in the second half of 2021 – 21% of which can be attributed to the privatization of buy-it-now and pay. subsequent (BNPL) solution provider Afterpay by payment company Square for approximately $30 billion.
The median 30-month digital trade deal size reached a high of $27 million, a jump from the $22 million figure seen in 2020.
Ralph Hübner, Sector Director, said: “We expect a white-hot first half of 2022 in digital commerce M&A, as many deals have been in the works since last year.
“M&A and fundraising activity across all segments of the digital commerce space continues to be propelled by the big shift online, with an increased appetite from financial sponsors, be it venture capital or the PE/growth space.Investors are eager to support digital commerce software and infrastructure and help fund the massive e-commerce brand activity.
Hampleton Partners’ Digital Commerce M&A Market Report highlights how the lines between industry segments continue to blur and analyzes market trends, success stories, fundraisings and M&A deals to provide a realistic depiction of digital commerce mergers and acquisitions in a post-Covid world, with a focus on the second half of 2021. It covers the intersection of internet services and portals; online retail; media, social networks and games; agencies & service providers and digital commerce software; plus e-food and the circular economy.
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Hampleton Partners’ Digital Commerce M&A report uses data and information from the 451 Research database (www.451research.com) and S&P CapitalQ. Cited sources include Bloomberg, McKinsey & Company, TechCrunch, and MarketplacePulse.
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