Quality rather than quantity

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If the headline statistics are to believed there would not be much worth talking about in mergers and acquisitions (‘M&A’) – ‘2012 UK M&A value down over two-thirds compared to the 2007 boom’ and ‘First quarter 2013 M&A down 15 per cent on 2012’ etc etc.

But it pays to look beyond the bald statistics.

SIG has continued to use M&A as part of its toolkit to deliver shareholder value.

Elsewhere in the upper echelons metal recycler ELG Haniel acquired fellow Top 100 constituent ABS Industrial Resources (a deal on which BHP advised) while in professional services Irwin Mitchell expanded its debt recovery practice with the acquisition of PDP.

On the other side of the M&A fence, our region’s biggest companies have over the years proved to be attractive acquisition targets. Perhaps the most high profile of recent M&A driven exits from the Top 100 is Gilders Group which was acquired by JCT 600.