Global PE investor activity in SaaS companies stayed relatively static in 2015 after three years of steady growth, according to the PitchBook Platform. There were 201 deals completed in the space in 2015, a 4% YoY increase from the 193 transactions recorded in 2014. YoY jumps in SaaS investment had been much more noticeable in the three years prior: a whopping 69% in 2014, 19% in 2013 and 39% in 2012. While growth in the vertical slowed last year, industry leaders continue to rack up the deals; Vista Equity Partners completed nine investments in SaaS companies during 2015, and three other firms closed seven deals or more.
Here are the top PE investors in SaaS since 2011, along with their deal counts (incl. add-ons):