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Madeleine Desmond

Signal Hill CEO Scott Wieler Leads Panel on Mid-Market M&A Activity

Published on: 12/12/2016

BALTIMORE, MD - Signal Hill Chairman and CEO Scott Wieler recently led a panel at the M&A Atlas Growth Intelligence Forum about the mid-market M&A environment. Mr. Wieler discussed the state of mid-market M&A in 2016, confidence as a barometer of forward levels of activity, the outlook for 2017, and the growing role of financial sponsors in the market and the technology sector, particularly in software and security.

“What we see is remarkable consistency over time in terms of the dollar volume of business under $500M,” Mr. Wieler said. “We’re projecting a down year overall from a terrific 2015 (annualized basis through the third quarter of 2016), but the absolute level of  performance remains strong relative to trends over the last 10 years. The market paused in the pre-election period of uncertainty but since then everyone has seen an acceleration of new business, so we expect 2017 to be solid out of the gates.”

Mr. Wieler also noted that five of the top 10 technology transactions under $500M were backed by financial sponsors. “We see tremendous opportunity to orchestrate and extract value for entrepreneurs whose businesses have achieved platform status, with strategic and financial sponsors doing M&A and providing growth capital in this category,” he commented.

Supplemental data for the panel can be viewed on SlideShare and on Signal Hill’s website.

About Signal Hill

Signal Hill Capital Group LLC, along with its affiliate, Signal Hill LLC (together, "Signal Hill"), is a leading investment banking and advisory boutique serving the M&A and private capital raising needs of growth companies and was named 2016 Boutique Technology Investment Bank of the Year by the Global M&A Network. Signal Hill's experienced bankers provide deep domain expertise and an unyielding commitment to clients in our sectors: Internet & Digital Media, Internet Infrastructure, Services and Software. With more than 600 completed transactions and offices in Baltimore, Bangalore, Boston, Mumbai, Nashville, New York, Reston and San Francisco, Signal Hill leverages deep strategic industry and financial sponsor relationships to help our clients achieve Greater Outcomes. For more information visit www.signalhill.com.

Signal Hill CEO Scott Wieler Leads Panel on Mid-Market M&A Activity