Q Advisors Partner Gerry DeHaven lent his expertise on a panel at the Cloud Comms Summit recently in Washington, D.C. The panel, entitled “How to Build Shareholder Value in a Cloud Comms Business,'' was moderated by Matt Townend, Director of Research for the Cavell Group, which provides in-depth analysis of the cloud communications market.
The group’s signature series of events, the Cloud Comms Summit, offers the opportunity to learn from the experts in the cloud communications space and engage in top-notch networking. The Summit is held in partnership with the Cloud Communications Alliance.
This year’s summit proved to be invaluable in offering various expert industry insights. Mr. DeHaven was joined on the panel by Dmitry Netis, Managing Director/Senior Analyst, Technology Equity at Dmitry Netis & Company; Jeremy Segal, Vice President Corporate Development for LogMeIn; Todd Zittrouer, CEO at Momentum Telecom; and Catharine Trebnick, Senior Research Analyst for Dougherty & Company.
Mr. DeHaven shared his insights on current trends in M&A and their impact on shareholder value, as evidenced by the numerous transactions Q Advisors has completed in North America and Europe over the last year. He discussed lessons learned and offered his advice to service providers.
“The M&A landscape for cloud comm providers is rapidly changing. We see increasing interest and value for companies that have evolved their product mix and have had demonstrable success moving up-market to serve larger enterprises. We’re seeing more activity in Europe as adoption rates accelerate there. Proprietary platforms continue to achieve higher valuations. For third-party resellers, a strategic commitment to contact center, CPaaS, analytics, mobility and SD-WAN is critical and will significantly impact valuations moving forward.” - Gerry DeHaven.
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