The number of acquisitions made by private equity-backed businesses across the UK shown signs of stabilising after a buoyant period, according to Rickitt Mitchell’s Buy and Build Barometer.
The latest analysis from the corporate finance firm, conducted in partnership with Experian Market iQ, reveals 125 deals were completed in Q3 2021, down 25 per cent on the second quarter of the year. Bolt-on transactions had hit a record high in Q1 2021, with 196 completed at a value of GBP2.3 billion.
Figures from the Buy and Build Barometer suggest that deal values accumulated this year have also followed a similar trend, with Q3 figures decreasing by 75 per cent to GBP235 million from GBP943 million in Q2 2021. While the number of transactions completed reflects the same number of bolt-on deals as in Q2 2020, the value of the deals has retracted year-on-year by 25 per cent from GBP313 million.
Among the standout transactions completed in Q3 were the GBP145 million acquisition of a 90 per cent stake in Pimlico Plumbers by US-based Neighborly Inc in September, and the GBP75 million acquisition of Leeds-based Smoothwall Ltd by Australian firm Family Zone Cyber Safety in August. Both deals are a representation of the increased interest in cross-border deals, with deals completed involving UK, European, American and Australian firms during the third quarter of the year.
Read more/Source: Private Equity Wire
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