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Deals 2016-17

4 May 2017

Take a look at our annual round-up of deals for year ended 31 March 2017.

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Whilst 2016 was a period of political and economic turbulence for both the UK and the global market place, remarkably, UK deal volumes remained resilient.  In fact, 2016 UK deal volumes were the highest since 2007 and, although lower than 2015, aggregate value was above the ten year average of around £250 billion per year.

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Every four hours a baby originally conceived at a Fertility Partnership clinic is born in the UK. As part of its vision for improved continuity of fertility care, the company has acquired majority interest in Ultrasound Direct in a deal advised on by Smith Cooper. 

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Where are we now?

20 February 2017

A really great question posed by David Bowie in his Black Star album…..and never more relevant to the business market than in these rapidly changing political times. I’m not sure the answer lies in the Black Star album but who knows?

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Midlands based accountancy and business advisory firm, Smith Cooper, have today announced further expansion of their specialist Corporate Finance team through the appointment of Christopher Campbell. 

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A stampede of deals

26 January 2017

Whilst there is significant political unrest and it feels like the world is at a significant point of change you may not have noticed but news on the global economy has almost disappeared.

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New Year – that time of year when the financial press is full of forecasts and predictions; so perhaps I should add mine as regards company values and the M&A market? Well, maybe not according to fool.com which comments “No one … has any idea what the stock market will do over 12 months”.  Apparently Warren Buffet has often said as much too.

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Delay in deals?

15 December 2016

At Smith Cooper we complete circa 25 deals a year which provides us with some insight into the state of the Midlands M&A market.

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Despite the poll-defying decisions on Brexit and the US election, continuing pressure in the European banking sector, and forthcoming elections in 3 or 4 European jurisdictions which could yield equally surprising results, the UK M&A market is showing remarkable resilience.

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It’s encouraging to see that post the referendum a strong investor appetite for UK based-SMEs continued in Q3 2016 with 26 private equity backed deals being completed with a total combined value of £983m.

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Sterling plummeted to a shocking 168 year low mid-month whilst, at broadly the same time, the FTSE 100 index soared to a new intraday high which eclipsed the previous record set in April 2005.

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An owner’s business is a valuable investment but its price can fluctuate like a commodity. Knowing when to exit and how, is critical in achieving best value. Timing an exit is difficult to predict but there are alternative options to an outright sale – a partial sale where you keep control.

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Coffee Follows Pizza

22 September 2016

The largest chain of franchised Costa Coffee stores in Scotland has been sold to CP Properties in a £multi-million deal initiated and project managed by Smith Cooper.

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As summer is (quickly) coming to end and autumn is almost upon us, the onset of darker mornings may force business owners to question why they are getting out of bed to face another day at work.

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The Smith Cooper Corporate Finance team last night won SME Advisory Team of the Year at Midlands Insider’s Dealmaker Awards 2016. 

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There’s a competition running  in the financial weekly, Money Week, to rename "Brexit" as  something more positive. Favourite suggestions include Brenaissance,  Brevival,  Brenewal, Breedom and Britonomy.

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The Bank of England has today announced a cut in bank rate to 0.25%, the lowest on record and the first change since 2009.

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One of the major issues still facing businesses today is accessing finance for growth, or simply the support to help them through difficult times, despite commitment from the government to ensure that banks, investors and lenders are more open and flexible in their approach.

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WFF Crieff Limited, the operator of a large Wiltshire Farm Foods (“WFF”) business in East Central Scotland, has been sold to Apetito Limited, the parent of the WFF business in the UK. WFF is the UK’s leading frozen meals delivery service, operating a franchise model with over 70 franchisees in the UK.

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The Corporate Finance team of Smith Cooper accountants and business advisors last night won SME Deal of the Year for the second year running at Insider’s Dealmaker Awards.

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