5 Software Firms Ripe for M&A Plays After $28B Splunk Deal5 Software Firms Ripe for M&A Plays After $28B Splunk Deal
Cisco’s planned purchase of observability software firm Splunk could be a harbinger of more Big Tech software plays, observers say.
September 28, 2023
Networking giant Cisco’s massive $28 billion bid to buy software firm Splunk could spark a mergers and acquisitions feeding frenzy for other Big Tech players, analysts and investors say.
With tech companies still licking their wounds after a tough post-pandemic period saw profits and revenues nosedive, adding software companies with growth potential may seem like a safe bet. Add to that the fact that some software companies may be undervalued as stock prices have dropped, and there are plenty of bargains to be had in a promising software market, analysts say.
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives called Cisco’s Splunk purchase a “well-designed strategic poker move that caught the Street off guard to get a great unique software asset at a fair multiple.” Cisco’s bid of $157 per share is roughly six times Splunk’s projected 12-month revenue, according to financial filings.
Ives thinks Cisco’s “shot across the bow” will prompt other tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Oracle, Amazon, Adobe, and IBM to consider their own deals to eat up software and cybersecurity companies.
InformationWeek takes a look at five software firms that could be attractive for the next Big Tech play:
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