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“Digital Commerce M&A Market: Post-Covid Trends”

 Hampleton Partners’ latest report on Digital Commerce M&A Market unveils a surge in global M&A deals with a record-breaking 699 transactions in Q1 2022. However, the trend took a downturn in Q2, with 544 deals, followed by a sharp decline in Q3 with 410 deals.

Between 2020 and early 2022, the Digital Commerce sector experienced remarkable growth, driven by Covid-19 and significant investments, resulting in over 2,300 deals in 2021, a 38% increase from 2020 figures, and a 70% increase from 2019 figures.

Ralph Hübner, sector principal at Hampleton Partners, noted that the easing of Covid-19 restrictions led to a shift in consumer spending from online retail back to physical stores and services. Inflationary pressures, geopolitical conflicts, and interest rate hikes also affected the market, leading to decreased market capitalization for e-commerce stocks.

Looking ahead, Hübner predicts a transformation in the Digital Commerce M&A market, with buyers becoming more selective and cautious in their valuations and investments. With less traffic in M&A pipelines, companies seeking to sell or raise funds may have better opportunities to stand out. Financial sponsors are likely to drive deals, but they will be more cautious about market fluctuations and interest rate changes.

The report emphasizes the blurring boundaries between Digital Commerce sector segments and provides a realistic outlook for M&A in a post-Covid world, covering internet services & portals, online retail, media, social & gaming, agencies & service providers, and digital commerce software.

About Hampleton:

Hampleton Partners is a technology M&A advisory firm, offering expertise and guidance to tech company owners on M&A and growth financing transactions with strategic buyers or financial investors. With offices in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and San Francisco, Hampleton provides a global perspective and specializes in Enterprise Software, Digital Commerce, IT & Business Services, Artificial Intelligence, Autotech, Cybersecurity, Fintech, Healthtech, HR Tech, and Insurtech sectors. The report draws data from reputable sources like 451 Research, Bloomberg, McKinsey & Company, TechCrunch, and MarketplacePulse.

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