By Matt Hasson, Managing Director and Ramone Param, Director
Buyers are paying premiums for specialized strategy consulting businesses that provide impactful product commercialization solutions for life sciences companies
Based on our in-depth discussions with global buyers and the recent flurry of M&A activity, acquisition demand for life sciences strategy consultancies is exceptionally high. Recent landmark acquisitions by both strategic and financial buyers were struck at premium valuation levels – and as the supply of high-quality acquisition targets continues to dwindle, valuation levels of independent consultancies of scale could rise even further.
Those in marketing communications (marcoms), understand the value in delivering a clear message to the right audience, in the right way, and at the right time. The developments seen in the health and life sciences sector in recent years have created significant demand for marcoms services. Expertise range from the design of patient portals for health care providers, to effective and compliant strategies for pharmaceuticals and data-informed messaging for self-managed care devices.
Marcoms agencies that have adapted well against this transformative backdrop have seen high demand for their services and, in some cases, their entire business.
Here we look at the current challenges marketing and communication firms are tackling for clients in the health sector, as well as the opportunities for specialist agencies looking for acquirers or Private Equity investment.
By Ramone Param, Director, Equiteq
- Major deals profiled include Infosys’ acquisition of WONGDOODY, HPE’s acquisition of RedPixie and Wavestone’s acquisition of Xceed.
- The Equiteq Knowledge Economy Share Price Index achieved robust rises over the period.
Infosys deepens its creative agency skills with WONGDOODY
Target: WONGDOODY is a US-based creative agency with studios in Seattle and Los Angeles providing strategy, research, brand and marketing positioning, creative design, advertising and production services across industries.
Buyer: Infosys is a global listed technology services player headquartered in India.
Deal Value: $75.0m
Deal Insight: This transaction exemplifies two important market trends. Firstly, it demonstrates the convergence of creative media with technology and consulting, as large technology players look to broaden their customer-focused advisory skills and take a larger share of the growing digital transformation consulting market. The deal also highlights the demand from the Indian outsourcers for US-based high-margin capabilities that enable them to build skills further up the consulting value chain.
The deal develops Infosys’ global connected network of Digital Studios to help clients respond to digital disruption of their industries. WONGDOODY builds on Infosys’ acquisition of UK-based product design and customer experience innovator Brilliant Basics, which was acquired last year for c.$9.7m.