Slator 2018 Language Industry M&A and Funding Report

2018 was probably the most active year in language industry M&A history if measured by the number of deals. Capital remained cheap and widely accessible. While small- and mid-sized language service providers (LSPs) acquired each other at an unprecedented pace, 2018 saw no truly transformative deal yet again.

This 22-page report contains an analysis of the 2018 language industry M&A landscape, and an outlook for 2019. It contains a full list of the 48 deals covered on Slator including price, earnings or revenue multiples paid where available, sector, country, type (trade sale, private equity investment, IPO, merger).


New for 2018 is a section on startup funding in the language industry, with a list of the ten funding rounds centered around language technology covered by Slator and an analysis of activity.

Slator 2018 Language Industry M&A and Funding Report

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22 pages — analysis, valuations, rationale on 48 mergers and acquisitions as well as 10 language tech VC funding rounds.
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The report also features a list of advisors on deals, legal and M&A, an overview of the most active verticals by seller vertical, and more.

The report can be used to gain a deeper understanding of what drives language industry M&A and benchmark future transactions against a comprehensive set of 2018 reference data.

It is a must-use reference for senior leadership and corporate development professionals at language service providers, investment banking and private equity professionals, as well as corporate strategy and finance advisors, and anyone else interested in the rapidly evolving competitive landscape in the language industry.

The information presented in this report is based on the companies, deals and countries that Slator covered between the dates of January 1st to December 31st 2018. The report is not an exhaustive list and may not include smaller transactions or represent the total volume or value of M&A transactions in the language industry worldwide.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary4
Deal Valuations6
Deal Advisors / Legal / M&A7
Financial Investors9
Trade Sales9
  • Strategic Rationale
  • Financial Backing
  • Deal Financing
  • Trade Sales by Buyer Country / Region
  • Trade Sales by Seller Country / Region
  • Trade Sales by Seller Vertical
Startup Funding18
  • Top Funded Startups
Additional Resources21
  • Vertical Definitions

How To Use This Report

Slator’s easy-to-digest research offers the very latest industry and data analysis, providing language service providers, end-clients, and investors the confidence to make informed and time critical decisions. It is a cost-effective, credible resource for busy professionals.


Slator makes business sense of the language services and technology industry with news on the people and deals that shape the industry.