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Rise: Our World on a Wednesday

Your weekly M&A information bank, providing you with all the latest movements, market landscape and breaking news within the sector.

What does 2022 have in store for us?

Looking at the current M&A landscape over the last few years since COVID graced us with its presence, we have seen that investors have been hesitant to put skin in the game. This is mainly due to the large amount of uncertainty surrounding the future of our world, as we previously knew it.

However, 2022 provides us with a significantly different outlook. We have seen a vast rollout of worldwide vaccinations, lockdowns have been lifted and a new ‘business as usual’ mentality is emerging. The culmination of newfound positivity and certainty is set to ensure that this year will be a significant step in the direction of normality as we knew it.

There has been an increasing appetite for investments into highly scalable businesses, resulting in significant deal flow and traction seen early on in the year. It appears that investors chose to sit on their cash and hold reserves to protect themselves during the 2020/2021 storm. This subsequently resulted in a build up of large amounts of capital, which investors are now seeking to spend on new and exciting opportunities.

What to watch?

We have witnessed an increased focus on highly scalable tech companies, who have the ability to gain global traction. We are predicting that a large majority of investment this year will be heading into the high growth and scalable tech sectors of:

  • FinTech

  • EdTech

  • AgriTech

  • InsurTech

It is sure to be a riveting year filled with lots of excitement and large amounts of deal flow. We have already seen a vast amount of positive engagement with investors, which is sure to not only be a New Year’s trend, but rather a movement as they seek to move from the bench, onto the starting lineup in 2022.

Bite size industry news:

  • Microsoft has announced that it intends to acquire Activision Blizzard for approximately $70 million, which will subsequently be their largest acquisition, as well as the largest acquisition in the video gaming industry.

  • TL Com is set to become one of the largest Pan-African Venture Capital firms, recently closing the first $70 million of their $150 million fund focussed on African tech companies.

  • Moove, a Mobility Fintech company recently closed $10 million from NBK Capital Partners Mezzanine Fund II. Moove is Uber’s exclusive vehicle financing and supply partner in the sub-Saharan Africa region.

Exciting new developments to monitor:

We are of the view that the SoftPOS (Software Point-Of-Sale) payment industry is set to boom, as their innovative technology will probably disrupt the traditional hardware payment processing systems in the near future. An exciting prospect looms ahead and you should be sure to keep an eye out for this!

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