Liquidity: The Q1 2018 MN Tech M&A Review



20 M&A transactions concerning Minnesota tech companies were counted from January 1 – March 31, 2018 (Q1). Below is a list of each of those specific deals, as well as some aggregate/meta analysis.

Thank you to local M&A pro’s Franklin Partners for underwriting this research.


Three largest financially disclosed deals: Inovalon:Ability Network ($1.2b); HGGC:HelpSystems ($1.2b); Shutterfly:Lifetouch ($825m)

Minnesota buyer deals: 10

Minnesota seller deals: 7

Minnesota:Minnesota deals: 3

Business unit buys (partial company): 5

MN Tech Startups acquired: 0



3/13/2018 Burnsville’s DTN Buys Indiana AgTech Firm Spensa Technologies
3/13/2018 Granicus Makes Its Second Acquisition In A Month
3/12/2018 Clearlake Capital Buys Minneapolis HQ Provation From Wolters Kluwer
3/7/2018 Inovalon Is Buying Twin Cities’ Ability Network For ~$1.2 Billion
3/5/0208 Pohlad’s GoMedia Divests Of Digital Publishing Brand BringMeTheNews
3/5/2018 New Ulm Telecom Makes $42M Cash Deal for Scott-Rice Telephone
2/26/2018 HGGC To Buyout Eden Prairie’s HelpSystems For $1.2 Billion
2/21/2018 Clearfield Acquires Product Portfolio from Calix
2/15/2018 St. Paul HQ Granicus Buys California IT Firm Vision
2/15/2018 ConvergeOne Makes Another Buy On The Road To Liquidity
2/12/2018 NEP Adds Avtex To Growing Minnesota Tech Portfolio
2/5/2018 Bloomington’s NEWSCYCLE Makes Another Software Acquisition
1/30/2018 Online Retailer Shutterfly Is Buying Eden Prairie-Based Lifetouch For $825M
1/22/2018 DIGI International Acquires Accelerated Concepts For $17m Plus
1/12/2018 Avtex Acquires QoS Telesys
1/10/2018 Newscycle Expands Via Purchase Of Acquire Media
1/10/2018 Clearlake Capital Acquires DevOps Specialist Perforce Software
1/3/2018 SportsHub Makes Its Sixth Aquisition: MFL10s

Added 7/18/18 retroactively: January ’18: RFE (PE) invests in ThreeBridge Solutions &  3/19/18: Renaissance acquires MyOn.

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