New research from KPMG has revealed that private equity investment, both in terms of value and number of deals, has reached levels not seen since 2017 in the first half of 2021.
A total of 785 deals were completed for an overall value of GBP73.7 billion pounds after factors such as the vaccine rollout and loosening restrictions increased optimism, while the depressed values of UK companies further fuelled demand for deals.
With optimism among business leaders continuing to rise and several high value deals going through in July and the start of August, this record investment looks set to continue.
The data indicates that sectors in green and sustainable fields are set to benefit from significant investment backing in the next year while firms in more scientific fields, who have enjoyed increased exposure over the last year and a half, are also set to benefit. It also suggests that hospitality and the creative industries, perhaps worst affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic, are firmly on the radar of UK investors.
• 45 per cent of UK investors are looking to back green or sustainable companies in the next year
• 36 per cent of UK investors are looking to invest in stocks and shares in the next year
• 34 per cent of UK investors are looking to invest in the Biotech, Meditech & Pharma industries in the next year
• 29 per cent of UK investors are looking to back online retail businesses in the next year
• 26 per cent of UK investors are looking invest in Fintech in the next year
• 18 per cent of UK investors are looking to invest into the creative industries in the next year
• 16 per cent of UK investors are looking to back businesses in the hospitality sector in the next year
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