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Thoma Bravo To Acquire Anaplan In The Largest SaaS Acquisition This Year

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Private equity giant Thoma Bravo said Monday it plans to acquire enterprise software company Anaplan.

The planned purchase comes with a price tag of about $10.7 billion as Thoma Bravo takes the publicly traded company private for $66 per share. 

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Anaplan’s acquisition is the sixth-largest acquisition so far this year, per Crunchbase data, while Microsoft’s planned purchase of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion tops the list.  But it’s also the largest SaaS acquisition of 2022, as the bigger acquisitions have been in categories like gaming, banking and insurance. 

So far, 581 venture-backed startups globally have been acquired this year, according to Crunchbase data. That’s slightly lower than the 647 VC-backed companies that were acquired globally in the same timeframe last year. 

Of companies in general globally, there have been nearly 3,200 acquisitions so far this year, also lower than the 3,463 globally in the same period last year. 

Before Anaplan went public in 2018, it raised money from investors including Shasta Ventures and Meritech Capital Partners

Anaplan marks Thoma Bravo’s first acquisition this year, according to Crunchbase. The private equity firm made 12 acquisitions last year, with Proofpoint as its largest purchase in 2021 for $12.3 billion. 

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