In a recent study of the lower mid-market M&A landscape, conducted by CASS Business School, it was revealed that both deal values and volumes increased significantly in the second half of 2013.
The study of deals valued between £10m and £100m showed a 68 per cent increase in terms of value compared to H1 2013.
The influx of increased activity was noticed first hand here at Benchmark International as a huge number of deals completed in H2 2013. A number of records were broken throughout 2013 such as total deals completed, highest average deal value and multiple plus the highest number of deals completed in a month as 11 deals completed in November.
The trend of increased activity has continued into 2014 as a number of deals have already completed and many also in the pipeline for Q1 2014 completions. It is now evident that the confidence has truly returned to M&A coupled with high demand for acquisitions, something which bodes well for 2014 and beyond.