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Private equity firms seeking to grow through acquisitions

Posted on May 24, 2013 By in Blog

Throughout 2013 thus far we have witness a surge of private equity activity within the middle market with firms seeking to expand their portfolio of companies with synergistic add-on acquisitions. According to leading private equity focused research firm Pitchbook, in excess of 50% of PE acquisitions were add-ons in Q1 2013.

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Umbrella Loans Testimonial

Today we received a wonderful testimonial from a very satisfied client, Merle Oper, COO of Umbrella Loans Limited.

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Thank you letter from Mike Bailey of Petnap Ltd

Posted on May 7, 2013 By in Deal completions

Following the recent successful sale of Petnap Ltd. Mike Bailey, the previous owner of the company wrote a letter to thank Benchmark International for our contribution to the sale.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of Earthing Solutions

Posted on April 26, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the completed sale of Earthing Solutions and Earthing Measurements Limited to ERA Technology, part of  EDIF Group Management Limited.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of Clever Accounts

Posted on April 26, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Clever Accounts Limited by John Hoskin of Milestone Partners Limited.

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Private Equity Awards a resounding success

As proud sponsors of The Private Equity Awards organised by Real Deals Benchmark UK directors enjoyed yesterdays ceremony immensely.

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The Rise Of Venture Capital In China

Posted on April 16, 2013 By in Blog

From the early 1990s onward, China’s economic and business landscape has been in a constant state of evolution. As the country has adapted to the movement from a state system which largely depended upon command and control economics to a more open economic state the economic landscape has undergone vast changes.

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Benchmark team members to run the Manchester marathon for charity

Benchmark UK team members Roger Forshaw and Andrew Hancock will be competing in this years Manchester marathon in aid of The Christie Charity and The Mo Farah Foundation respectively.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of Petnap Ltd

Posted on April 9, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International, following robust negotiation on behalf of our client, have completed the sale of the goodwill, business and assets of Petnap Limited to a private acquirer for an undisclosed sum.

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Letter of recommendation from Chris Rawlinson of MPI

Posted on March 27, 2013 By in Deal completions

Today we received a very nice letter from one of our former clients, Chris Rawlinson of Medical Projects International Limited. Benchmark International recently assisted Chris in the sale of his company and as you can see in his letter, Chris was very pleased with the service he received.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of MSA Software Systems Limited

Posted on March 27, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of MSA Software Systems Limited, trading as FLEET Auto-Mates, to Cheshire-based IT services company Rosico Limited.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of Umbrella Loans Limited

Posted on March 27, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the completion of a deal which will see payday loan company, Gentis Group holdings, trading as Umbrella Loans Limited, acquired by a major player within the debt management industry.

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Benchmark International advises on the sale of MPI

Posted on March 15, 2013 By in Deal completions

Benchmark International is delighted to announce the sale of Medical Projects International (MPI) to Banks Sadler for an undisclosed substantial seven figure sum.

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Why deal values could reach record highs in 2013

Posted on March 6, 2013 By in Blog

As a business owner, there will be a variety of possible reasons for the eventual exit from your company, whether it be health, retirement, competition or many more. A question we face more than any other as company exit specialists is “what is my company worth?”. Well, the facts are that the answer to this question is affected by a vast number of external influences which all play their part in determining the peaks and troughs within the M&A industry life cycle.

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Don't gamble with your future - Plan your exit strategy

Posted on February 27, 2013 By in Blog

Dealing with business owners day in day out we find it startling how so few have have a considered exit strategy in place. Many believe that when the time comes to retire or move on to something else, all will simply fall into place. The reality is far from that and due to external market factors, timing and planning is crucial in this decision in order to receive maximum value for what will most likely be a business owners most valuable and prized asset.

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2013 M&A Activity: The Story So Far…

Posted on February 21, 2013 By in Blog

We are now almost two months into 2013 and we thought this would be a good time to analyze the trends we have seen thus far and make our predictions for the following 10 months. Well, to say we are pleased with what we have seen so far would be a gross understatement. Activity is soaring, well beyond what we could have expected, which is great news for sellers. In such an active market with heightened levels of demand for mid-market companies, owners generally receive high sale values due to the increased competition.

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Private-Equity event promises to spawn successful deals

Posted on February 12, 2013 By in What's happening at Benchmark

Last week, Benchmark International attended RealDeals’ UK Mid-Market event at the Lancaster London Hotel, bringing together 300 delegates from the most acquisitive private equity organisations across the UK and Europe.

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Middle-Market Outlook 2013

Posted on January 31, 2013 By in Blog

While not quite living up to high expectations, 2012 was a solid year overall in the global M&A market. The number of transactions was modestly below the all-time high reached in 2011, and announced dollar volume was slightly above the year-ago figure. The bellwether U.S. market, which accounted for 40% of deal activity and nearly half of dollar volume, marked an all-time high for transaction count while witnessing a moderate dollar volume decline. During 2012, positive forces such as well capitalized strategics and financial sponsors coupled with widespread credit availability were largely offset by uncertainties related to the  global economy, government fiscal challenges, and Europe’s debt troubles, causing many prospective buyers and sellers to defer decisions on potential deals. However, global dollar volume in Q4 2012 was almost 50% above the average of the first three quarters of the year and reached the highest level since Q4 2007, possibly boding well for increased M&A activity in 2013.

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Capital Gains Tax – Going Forward

Posted on January 21, 2013 By in Blog

Following the last minute agreement made in early January in order to avoid the tax implications of the Fiscal Cliff, we are finally faced with some clarity when it comes to taxes for 2013. However, whilst The American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) dealt with tax components relating to revenue, decisions regarding the spending side have been delayed for two months.

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Fiscal cliff averted – So what does this mean for business owners?

Posted on January 18, 2013 By in Blog

As we all now know, last minute wrangling led to the fiscal cliff being avoided. An agreement was reached on tax increases for wealthy individuals amongst other issues. Spending cuts and the significant impacts of tax increases were both avoided. Well, not necessarily. In essence, the agreement postponed the most painful issues faced by the country, spending cuts and the debt ceiling.

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