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Saas District - Akeel Jabber | HoriZen Capital Episode 82, 4th February 2021

SaaS Valuations, Exit Planning and the M&A Market in 2021 [SDI] #82

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Pierre is an expert in financial modeling, Business Plan modeling, Financial Due Diligence, Corporate finance, and private equity investments. 

He holds an MBA from top tier Business School ESSEC (Paris / Cergy), formerly an investment associate in small caps private equity, he has over 4 years of experience in M&A financial due diligence at PwC, one of the big 4 on professional services for enterprises, he builds business plans and has advised several entrepreneurs in Europe and Australia.

Pierre has a full-time Data Scientist training where he learned how to leverage his business analysis skills using Machine learning and deep learning techniques that allows him to go deeper in his understanding of businesses and dig up valuable insights from big datasets. He has also created a list of very effective Excel Models and efficiency tools that everybody can download and use for free.

During this interview we cover:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:03  - Financial Buyers VS Strategic Buyers
  • 04:00 - SaaS Businesses Trending in The Current Market 
  • 07:52 - Why is There an Uptick in the M&A Landscape & Deal Activity in 2021?
  • 10:00 - How Does This Impacts Valuations?
  • 11:49 - What Multiples SaaS Founders Should Expect on Their Exit 
  • 14:59 - Read Flags on SaaS Companies  
  • 18:04 -Drivers/Metrics to Get the Highest Multiples on an Acquisition
  • 19:31 - Are They Different From Financial to Strategic Valuations?
  • 21:12 - Management have to Stay On?
  • 22:58 - Preping a SaaS for an Exit & Increasing Your Chances of Getting Acquired 
  • 28:26 - M&A Market Activity Going into 2021 
  • 29:47 - Get In Touch With Pierre

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