Mobile Market Monitor: Vertical integration drives M&A activity

January 31, 2017  | Subscribers Only

Abel Nevarez Abel Nevarez Research Analyst II, Mobile & Telecoms
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Mobile content, services, and  hardware companies raised more than $5.5 billion in disclosed funding in Q4 2016. M&A activity in Q4 2016 remained stable over the previous quarter with the same number of deals at 43. Overall, 2016 ended the year on a healthy run with more than $49 billion raised throughout 894 funding deals.


  • Mega M&A deals underscore vertical integration of companies
  • Tech firms bolster their VR/AR portfolios with specialized acquisitions
  • Company feature: Samsung invests in new tech for divsersified future

In this report:

  • M&A deals volume decrease for second consecutive quarter in Q4 2016
  • Software/OS deals lead funding activity in Q4 2016
  • Q4 2016 funding deals remain stable
  • Smaller countries see increase in investment activity
  • Hardware companies make inroads towards attracting funding

List of tables and charts:

  • 2016 total funding amounts by category
  • 2016 total number of M&A deals by category
  • Mobile M&A historical deals volume
  • M&A deals per category, Q4 2016
  • Q4 2016 VR/AR M&A deals
  • Mobile funding historical - quarterly total values ($m)
  • Mobile funding historical
  • Average funding amount, by round series YoY comparison ($m), Q4 2016
  • Funding by category (%), Q4 2016
  • Funding by category, Q4 2016
  • Q4 2016 top funding deals
  • Operator funding deals, Q4 2016
  • Q4 2016 Number of deals by country (with five deals or more)
  • Q4 2016 Top disclosed funding amounts by country (%)
  • Q4 2016 Select hardware deals
  • Samsung NEXT funding deals 2014-2016
  • Samsung historical mobile sales 2013-2016
  • Samsung Ventures funding deals 2016

Number of Pages: 15

Number of Tables and Charts: 18


Abel Nevarez

Research Analyst II, Mobile & Telecoms

Abel Nevarez covers mobile network infrastructure trends and activity.

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