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It is interesting that despite the slide in value for software companies, the average per-deal price Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is paying for acquisitions is trending upward.

msft aqcsLast fiscal year the company did nine deals totaling $207m, while this fiscal year, the company did 23 deals totaling $649m. Doing the math, it works out to $23m per company last year, and $28m per company this fiscal year.

While these figures are small enough to be easily skewed by one big deal, it's still an interesting stat for venture investors. Selling to Microsoft is fine, but you better be darn capital efficient if you're hoping to make much money from a $28m trade sale. It's nigh impossible to do a 5x on these kind of valuations without a post-money of $5.6m or so, which ain't gonna happen.

MSFT 1-yr chart:

MSFT 1-yr chart

Source: Microsoft Paying More for Software Company Acquisitions