The media, information, marketing, healthcare and technology sectors saw a healthy 708 transactions in the first half of 2013, roughly even in both volume and value with the first half of 2012, excluding Alibaba Group’s buyback of 20% of its shares from Yahoo for $7.1 billion in 2012. As expected, the year got off to a slow start following the rush of year-end deal closings ahead of impending tax law changes.

The second quarter saw a pickup in both number and size of announced M&A deals.

B2c online media and technology was an active sectorfor M&A in 1H 2013, with 119transactions at a total valueof $4.0 billion. Compared to1H 2012, the number of dealsdropped slightly, by 10%, andtransaction value remainedflat. Notable deals in Q22013 included: Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition ofTumblr, an online platform that enables usersto share text, photos, links, videos, etc. acrossany channel; Alibaba Group’s acquisition of an18% stake in Weibo, an online microbloggingservice, for $586 million; Baidu’s acquisition ofPPS tream, a provider of online video services,for $370 million; DreamWorks Animation’s acquisitionof AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channelfor teens, for $150 million; and Demand Media’s acquisition of Society6, an e-commerce marketplace for artists, for $94 million.

M&A activity for the database and information services sector saw a total value of $3.2billion in 1H 2013, down 26% from the first halfof 2012, which saw the $3.3 billion take-privateof Transunion by Advent International and GS Partners. The sector only had one deal above the $1 billion mark this year, IHS’s $1.4 billion acquisition of R.L. Polk & Co., a provider of automotive intelligence and marketing solutions. Other prominent deals in Q2 2013 included: the Temasek Holdings acquisition of a 10% stake in Markit Group, a financial information services company that provides credit derivative pricing services to financial institutions, for $500 million; McGraw Hill Financial’s acquisition of a 22% stake in CRISIL, India, a provider of ratings, research, and risk and policy advisory services, for $335 million; and Electra Partners’ acquisition of UBM’s data services business, Delta, for approximately $214 million.

The future of Healthcare IT Services in the US:  The Jordan, Edmiston Group intends to publish its first report on the Healthcare IT market by end of July.  The document below provides and interesting preview of the things to come.

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