The number of transactions in the first six months of the year increased 52% to 445, while the aggregate deal value surged 291% to $21 billion.
Database and information services was the largest category in terms of deal value in the first half of the year, with $9.3 billion in transactions. The marketing and interactive services category had the largest number of deals—131.
The number of deals in the b-to-b online media and technology category increased almost fourfold to 26, while the aggregate value increased more than fivefold to $363 million. The b-to-b media category saw similar gains in activity, with the number of deals increasing almost fourfold to 23 and the aggregate deal value jumping more than five times to $87 million.
The exhibitions and conferences category saw the number of deals decline 40% to 12 and the aggregate deal value fall 25% to $58 million.
Jordan, Edmiston said private equity firms are beginning to re-enter the market as the 45 PE deals in the first half was a “sharp increase” over the first half of 2009. Additionally, private equity accounted for the two largest deals of 2010 so far: Madison Dearborn Partners’ $2.5 billion acquisition of TransUnion, a credit and information management company, and Silver Lake Partners and Warburg Pincus’ $3.2 billion acquisition of Interactive Data Corp., a financial information business.