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M&A briefing: deal volume, sector activity and acquirer motives

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An overview of selected recent BCMS completions

For international advisor BCMS, winter 2013/4 has seen a strong flow of deals across multiple sectors including financial services, distribution, media, consultancy and manufacturing.

Analysis indicates BCMS continues to maximise deal values for its clients. In every completed deal, eventual sale price represented a significant uplift on the lowest offer received. For one client, BCMS achieved an uplift of $10.1m/£6.14m; another client achieved a final sale price five times higher than the lowest offer received.

“Recent completions indicate continued strong interest from trade acquirers with clear strategic motives for acquisition,” commented Steve Anstey, Managing Director of BCMS’ UK SME division. “Increasingly, BCMS is exploring Private Equity (PE) investment, Management Buy-Out (MBO) and Management Buy-In (MBI) options for our clients, and we expect to see this trend continue for 2014.”

Selected completed deals include the following:

  • Consumer health media company, acquired by consumer health publishing group 
  • Value-added distributor of tools acquired by PE company, as part of a buy-and-build programme 
  • Manufacturer of castings for the energy industry acquired by a leading castings organisation 
  • Provider of media production solutions acquired by marketing group 
  • Retail display unit manufacturer acquired by consortium of Private Investors 
  • Insurance sector technology and business services provider acquired by PE group 
  • Scientific consultancy operating in several specialist areas, acquired by MBO team 
  • Manufacturer of homeware products, acquired by international cleaning group 
  • Specialist insurance brokerage acquired by international risk and insurance services group 
  • Designer manufacturer of environmental systems, acquired by environmental protection group 
  • Manufacturer and retailer of educational products, acquired by a youth products manufacturer 
  • Manufacturing and distributor of medical equipment and accessories, acquired by medical investment group 
  • Developer and manufacturer of analytical instrumentation, acquired by PE group 


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Posted Jun 2014
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