My heart says Yes to this becasue they have the capability but the only issue is that do they have the correct plus enough resources to compete with the big names as their competitors ? This is where the difference might lye.
This is not surprising, OS embedded market would set to grow higher. There are lot of reasons to boost this sector in very near future. Am wondering Mentor Graphics not featured among the list of OS embedded firms.
Bringing in an embedded OS company can be particularly thorny for the company making the acquisition. There's much higher due diligence required than in most acquisitions, since the OS technology is generally outside the acquiring company's core expertise.
When IBM developed one of the first PC's, they outsourced the OS to a start-up called Microsoft. Apple's early integration of graphics into their hardware allowed them to surpass MS by many benchmarks, but the case could be made that OS and h/w managed by separate entities worked out better for the computing industry.
There are in fact thousands of OS nowadays. For smart phones market there are only a few due to the complexity. Certain markets such as automotive also have their own RTOS with special requirements. I believe there are always room to grow for the OS market.
@nimantha.d, what do you mean by competing with big names? I would say this ISV guys are a very minor startups or just 2 or 3 geeks who have been sitting in the dark rooms of their houses tinkering with OS embedded applications until some venture capitalists snapped them up.
Brent, It is possible for M&A activities to revive in the markets you addressed. One potential roadblock is the high valuation many public companies now have on the equity markets. Sales aren't sky high but companies are so loaded with cash and have such high productivity that valuations have been on an upward swing. Could this hurt mergers and acquisition potentials in the OS market?
Actually if you look at valuation multiples of acquisitions, they have dropped quite a bit in the last two years as the economic recovery has stagnated. This is across all the high-tech sectors that I track (meaning sellers of companies), ranging from semiconductors to engineering design services, security software, software development tools, and of course operating systems software. I track the multiples in about a dozen of these segements on a quarterly basis. Anyone who wants to be put on our newsletter list just email me. email@example.com.
Specifically, if you look at just Operating Systems Software acquisitions (as sellers), you get:
2010 9.49 (61 deals)
2011 1.59 (50 deals)
1Q12 0.92 (13 deals)
2Q12 2.33 (18 deals)
While this is a disturbing trend for any owner of a company hoping to sell, as long as our government can keep us out of recession in 2013 by avoiding the fiscal cliff, I think valuations will recover next year, although maybe not back to 2010 levels right away.
(Note, EV/Revenue means Enterprise Value / Revenue multiple. Basically it means that the company sold at X times trailing annual revenue.)
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