Acquisitions Continue in the Indoor Location Industry; Report Shows Price Growth at the High End and Continuity at the Low End
Indoor location merger & acquisition deals have kept pace through the Covid pandemic, with steady numbers of deals each year since 2018. The total number of indoor location-related M&A deals to date has risen to 37.
While there is a continuation of deals centered around key component technologies, recent years have seen a shift towards acquisitions of start-ups with full-service solutions. At the same time, we continue to see lower-priced acquisitions of smaller component technologies by companies seeking to fill gaps in their own existing offerings.
Some acquired technologies will be used for post-pandemic contact tracing or hybrid workplaces, some for E911 services, and some for more traditional location services such as retail, mapping, and marketing.
Whether you are a start-up company dreaming of your own M&A, a major company looking to acquire a technology vendor, an investor analyzing company valuations, or anyone else wanting to understand M&A in the indoor location area, this is the report for you.
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Summary of Acquisitions and Prices
- Table of Contents
- Trends in Acquisition Prices
- Predictions - The Next Indoor Localization Acquisitions
- Indoor Location Markets and Technologies
- Thirty Seven Indoor Location Related Company Acquisitions
(37 sections profiling the 37 acquisitions)
Despite the recent pandemic, M&A deals in the indoor location area have maintained a steady pace of 4-5 deals a year. At the high end of the spectrum, prices have increased to up to $400 Million for the highest priced recent deal and $165 Million for the second highest. At the lower end, many earlier stage companies have been acquired in the $2-3 Million range. The report Indoor Location Mergers and Acquisitions Report gives prices and strategic details for 33 acquisitions in the indoor location area.
While the highest priced indoor location acquisitions have historically involved chip-based technologies, recent acquisitions have been more varied. “A few years ago the focus of indoor location M&A was all around pure localization technologies. The biggest deal to date is in fact for a chip-based localization technology company with a strong market share. But a large number of deals in the past two years have been for application layer companies, enabling acquirers that already have localization to better bring their solutions to market.” says Bruce Krulwich, founder of Grizzly Analytics.
Previous reports published by the analyst predicted the acquisitions of Decawave and indoo.rs before they took place, and this updated report includes new predictions about the indoor location industry segments and specific companies likely for acquisitions in 2021.