SaaS IPO Window Reopens as Public Equity Valuations Rebound

With public equity valuations rebounding and continued low volatility, the IPO window is open with 4 SaaS companies going public in March and April.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

After a small pullback in SaaS public equity valuations in the fourth quarter of 2016, the SaaS index recovered during the first three months of 2017. As a result, the SaaS IPO market sprang to life in late-March after a five-month hiatus, with four companies making their public debuts from March 17 to April 13.

Meanwhile, M&A and private-placement markets saw a continuation of the trend toward increased activity in terms of the number of transactions but lower overall deal values. We examine these and other trends that are shaping dealmaking and capital-raising activity in the SaaS sector.

Highlights include:

  • Late-March IPOs signal reopening of SaaS IPO window
  • M&A values normalize as public acquisitions subside
  • Large private placements become increasingly rare
  • NetDocuments acquired by Clearlake through an accelerated process


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