Venture “L” in Q4 Bounces Back in Q1 While HPE Throws Some Cash Around

Storage M&A

  • The year started strong with 10 deals totaling $1.8B with a median deal size of $357M
  • HPE was responsible for the majority of the consideration snapping up Nimble and Simplivity for $1,090M and $650M respectively
  • With a last round valuation of $1B, the Simplivity exit received limited praise but the roughly 4X revenue multiple paid by HP is right down the middle of Price/Sales multiples paid over the last few years.   Hence, the M&A valuation for Simplivity was reasonable but the Unicorn valuation may have been a bit aggressive.
  • Thirty percent of the deals involved private equity firms including Axway’s acquisition of Syncplicity from Skyview Capital, Carbonite’s acquisition of Double-Take from Vision Solutions (aka Clearlake Capital) and StorageCraft/TA Associate’s acquisition of Exablox.
  • Thirty percent of the deals were private-to-private, including Axway/Syncplicity, Stratoscale/Tesora and Datto/OpenMesh.
  • The HPE/Nimble deal was the only public to public transaction in Q1.

Storage Venture Funding

  • Q1 2017 started the year strong with $264M in funding across 12 rounds with an average round size of $22.0M.
  • The quarter was comparable to 2016’s Q3 which was the best quarter of the last year with $275M in total funding across 12 rounds with an average round size of $25.0M
  • Similar to Q1 2016, later rounds in Q1 2017 dominated the quarter.  Panzura (hybrid cloud storage), Kaminario (all flash storage arrays) and Avere Systems (NAS) raised a total of $121M or 46% of total funding.
  • Third round funding was a distance second with rounds for Diamanti (converged infrastructure) and Komprise (storage management software) to total $82M.  Most of the rounds were modest, low double digits, but Kaminario’s 5th round was $75M, the largest by far.

See the entire SASI Q1 2017 Storage Market Review


About SASI:

Founded in 2005, SASI is a boutique sell-side M&A advisory firm focused on the IT Infrastructure Market.  Notable transactions include Imation/IronKey sale to Kingston, C2C sale to Barracuda, Cofio sale to Hitachi Data Systems and Nevex sale to Intel.  Current focus areas include software defined storage and networking, emerging flash related technologies and cloud migration and management software.  For more information on SASI, please visit or contact John Rotchford, Managing Director at 760-944-3522


Q3 2016 Strong Storage Venture Funding

Q3 venture funding kept a healthy pace with $275M in total funding across 12 rounds with an average round size of $25M.  Upthere had the largest round, bringing in $77M in their first announced round and promising a new level of personal data storage and management across all your devices.  Western Digital and Kleiner Perkins led the Upthere round.   Rubrik came in second in Q3 funding raising a 3rd round of $61.1M with Druva not far behind raising a 5th round, $51M.

Q3 2016 Nutanix IPO Splash. Ho-Hum Storage M&A

Q3 2016 ends on a high note with the Nutanix IPO raising $238M and the stock more than doubling from the initial pricing of $16.00. Current market capitalization is around $4.8B or roughly 10x trailing twelve months’ revenue. Last quarter revenue grew by 87% Y/Y to $139.8M with losses of $49.9M. The top line growth is certainly impressive but the market will be looking for markers to profitability in the coming quarters. Q3 Storage M&A was highlighted by the following:

  • 7 deals totaling $480M in consideration with median deal size of $180M
  • j2 Global continues with aggressive roll-up strategy, buying 3 SaaS companies
  • Nutanix tucks in PernixData prior to IPO
  • HPE acquires SGI for the core HPC offerings