This market update looks at the April 2020 HR Tech M&A and fundraising activity, presents the latest HR Tech public market valuations, reviews the impact of COVID-19 on the job market (new jobs posted by country in April vs. previous 12 months), and summarises 1Q 2020 earnings reports and updated outlook for selected Core HR, Payroll & Benefits firms, Learning & Development businesses, Talent Acquisition platforms and Recruitment firms (permanent as well as temporary).
Much like in other industries, companies in the HR Tech space have seen a significant pullback in valuations compared to their February levels. This contraction in valuation multiples has impacted the HR Tech focused companies more than their diversified peers, with a 35% drop compared to 25% for Diversified HR Tech. HR Services, meanwhile, pulled back by 30% on average. 13 acquisitions were announced in March, in the US and Europe. This follows the transformational acquisition of Saba by Cornerstone, which is expected to trigger further consolidation in the space.