Returning appetite for corporate deals

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Dealmaker Strategic Corporate Finance says the appetite among companies and investors for mergers and acquisitions has returned after clinching three deals in as many weeks.

The Barlborough Links specialist in acquisitions, disposals and management buyouts, has acted for Environmental Monitoring Solutions’ founder Steve Roberts in the sale his remaining substantial shareholding in the Sheffield based business to complete a management buyout. Strategic completed the deal one day after concluding the sale of fourth-generation family-run Doncaster printer Askew Design and Print.

The dealmaker’s third success involved acting as match-maker between Chesterfield-based lifting equipment manufacturer Penny Hydraulics and winch specialist R&L Systems of Clowne, which makes equipment to raise and lower chandeliers.

Strategic facilitated and negotiated the deal after Penny Hydraulics commissioned it to identify opportunities for complimentary acquisitions.

Andrew Coates, Strategic Corporate Finance’s managing director, said: “So far this year has been a very exciting one, with these three deals completing within days of each other. It’s especially rewarding to note that these businesses have received a boost that will enable them to flourish in the future.

“The first quarter of this year has seen a huge increase in appetite for company disposals, management buyouts and acquisition searches. Looking at our transactional pipeline, this indicates to us that the M&A market is now seeing levels of appetite that haven’t been experienced for several years.”