Technology companies are of particular importance in the age of digitalization and shape the development of all industries. The M&A partnership Globalscope enables IFBC to support its clients in the worldwide search for suitable target companies and interested buyers.
Digital transformation is leading to comprehensive social and economic changes. Through increased use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, 5G technology and robotic production, existing processes and services can be improved, and new solutions can be created. One of the main drivers of digitisation are semiconductor manufacturing companies, who are increasingly challenged by a rapidly growing demand and constant pressure to innovate.
Software and infrastructure are increasingly offered as a service to both companies and private customers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend towards remote working has also accelerated massively. As a result, audio, and video streaming as well as collaboration software have experienced a major boom. Furthermore, service providers had the opportunity to establish themselves as reliable partners for both companies and consumers.
Technological progress creates new opportunities for sharing infrastructure and services. Companies as well as consumers increasingly prefer flexible usage models and service solutions over investments in products. In this context, subscription-based payment models and advertising-financed revenue solutions are increasingly replacing traditional one-off payments. On the one hand, this offers new opportunities for sustainable customer loyalty. On the other hand, companies often require new financing models for these new payment methods.
In August 2020, the parent company of UPC announced the takeover of Sunrise Communications AG. The transaction was approved by the Swiss Competition Commission in late October 2020. Liberty Global thus initiated the delisting of the Sunrise shares from the SIX Swiss Exchange and the fully integration of Sunrise into the group structure.
On 8 September 2020, Netcetera and Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) announced a strategic partnership. In this context, G+D participated in Netcetera and became an anchor shareholder. The Zurich-based Netcetera is a global software company with cutting-edge IT products and individual digital solutions in the areas of secure digital payment, financial technologies, media, transport, healthcare and insurance.
The Swiss company SoftwareONE, a leading provider of end-to-end software and cloud technology, acquired the Australian company GorillaStack in May 2020. GorillaStack is a leader in cloud cost management and real time event monitoring, and one of the few companies holding the Amazon Web Services Cloud Management Tools competence status for resource and cost optimization.
On October 4, 2021, the Swiss Post announced the acquisition of all shares of the SwissSign Group. Before the transaction, the SwissSign Group was held as a joint venture of various reputable Swiss companies. IFBC supported the shareholders of SwissSign Group as exclusive financial and M&A advisor in the preparation of the transaction and throughout the entire transaction process. During the preparation phase of the transaction, IFBC advised the shareholders of SwissSign Group in the context of the evaluation of possible strategic alternatives and coordinated the decision-making process between the existing shareholders. Regarding the sale process, IFBC prepared the SwissSign Group for the upcoming transaction in an initial transaction readiness phase. In the subsequent transaction execution, IFBC conducted a structured international buyer approach, developed the transaction structure, and supported the due diligence and negotiations.
SwissSign Group is a Swiss digital security company employing around 90 people. SwissSign Group's services can be grouped in three business segments: In the identity business, SwissSign Group offers SwissID, which enables a secure login to online services. In the certificate business, SwissSign Group issues digital certificates that allow encrypted and secure online communication and tamper-proof signing of documents. In the signature business, SwissSign Group enables its customers to sign documents electronically in compliance with legislative requirements.
IFBC valued selected intangible assets for SingularDTV. The valuation led to an increase in SingularDTV management's financial visibility for the upcoming further development of the company.
SingularDTV is a pioneer in the decentralised entertainment industry and in raising funds through an initial coin offering.
IFBC acted as exclusive M&A advisor to Netcetera during the entire transaction process. IFBC supported Netcetera in preparing and structuring the transaction, conducted a structured international investor approach, coordinated the due diligence and supported the contract negotiations.
Netcetera is a global software company with cutting-edge IT products and individual digital solutions in the areas of secure digital payment, financial technologies, media, transport, healthcare and insurance.
IFBC was mandated by the Twint management to conduct a strategic review of the existing business case and to develop the optimal ownership structure. The project included the development of the key drivers of the business case, analysis of the business case in relation to financing needs, preparation of a decision basis regarding the optimal ownership structure, elaboration and assessment of possible financing & shareholding alternatives as well as the preparation of the basis for discussion with shareholders and the identification of critical factors in strategic decisions.
With around 2.5 million registered users and over 4.0 million transactions per month TWINT is the most used payment app in Switzerland. TWINT is owned by the largest Swiss banks and the financial infrastructure service provider SIX.
The following graphs analyse the technology, media and telecommunications industry over the past five years. The graphs show the development of the average semi-annual transaction multiples as well as a comparison between the trading multiples of listed companies in individual sub-sectors and per region as of the end of June 2020. The analysis is based on the Bloomberg database. In terms of size, a distinction is made between companies/transactions with a market capitalization of below (low-mid market) or above (large companies) USD 150 million.