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Experts predict growth in M&A for technology sector

26 April 2010

Financial analysts have pinpointed the technology industry as one of this year's leading sectors for mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Investment publication Barron's stated that the healthy balance sheets of major organisations, coupled with the appeal of new services such as cloud computing and virtualisation, should create the right environment for deal-making.

Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs analyst Sarah Friar told the magazine that major software firms and computer manufacturers are expected to show some appetite for deals this year.

According to Barron's, such companies are well-placed to target growth through M&A due to their high levels of cash reserves and "even higher" borrowing capacity.

The publication explained that technology firms have largely avoided the perils of major leverage, with the ten largest US organisations in the sector currently working with less than $65 million (£42 million) in outstanding debt.

Michael Bayer of business communications firm Avaya told the Financial Times earlier this month that a forthcoming upsurge in M&A among global technology companies is now "beyond doubt".

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