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Mergers and aquisitions: 2014 predictions

Flint Bishop predict mergers and acquisitions activity to increase during 2014, as business owners become more confident that the time is right to buy or sell.

These predictions follow from the recent news from market analyst Experian that both mergers and acquisitions activity and deal value are up in the Midlands compared with the first quarter in 2013.

A total of 145 deals were announced between January and March 2014, meaning the number of deals in the first quarter rose by 2.1% compared with the same period in 2013.

What is more, the value of acquisitions in the region rose sharply, with overall deal value jumping from £673m in the first quarter of 2013 to £2.2bn in the same period this year.

This is good news considering that in its International Monthly Review, Experian recently reported that January 2014 had been a slow start to the year with 15% fewer deals across the UK than in January 2013.

However, it also highlighted that deal value for the month had almost doubled to £25.2m, continuing a trend through 2013 for a smaller number of deals per month but with higher average values.

A Flint Bishop spokesperson comments:

“The upturn in both the volume and value of deals in the Midlands is a clear indicator of the rising confidence in dealmaking across the region.

We are seeing people becoming more confident that the timing is now right to buy or sell a business and in the last quarter alone we have been working on deals worth around £25m in total.

We have also seen a lot of cross-border deals over recent months including firms in France and the USA. With the increased interest in dealmaking, we have also seen an upturn in the demand for lending from financial institution clients such as Yorkshire Bank, Santander UK plc and National Westminster Bank.”

For more information, contact our Corporate Finance team.

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