Takeovers and buyouts


There’s a trend here, “can you see what it is yet?”

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

shopping cartsFor the first time ever, a private company has placed in the top 10 most active acquirers of businesses.

In 2012, 2,357 private technology companies were bought for a combined total of $84 billion, according to a new report from research firm PrivCo. That’s up 22 percent from 2011, but the real surprise is who is doing the acquiring.

Most active buyers, 2012

Most active buyers for 2012

The most acquisitive companies of 2012, Facebook and Google, each bought 16 companies. Surprisingly, the I’m-not-dead-yet Groupon bought 12, and even more surprisingly, Twitter tied with Cisco, a $112 billion perennial acquirer, with 10 purchases in the year.

Twitter, of course, is still a private company itself.

“Twitter actually buying as many companies last year as giant Cisco — and more than Apple, Oracle, SAP, Hewlett Packard, and other tech giants – that’s a first,” PrivCo chief executive officer Sam Hamadeh said in an email.

PrivCo plans to…

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