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June 2021 Valuation Barometer

Category: Market Report


Highlights from our June ’21 Valuation Barometer, covering deals and valuation multiples in UK M&A in May 2021.  Request the Executive Summary below.


MarktoMarket’s latest data indicates a continuation of the ‘return to normal’ levels of activity in UK M&A markets following elevated deal volumes in the first quarter of 2021.

The total value of deals completed in May grew by 80% to £22.5 billion from £12.5 billion in April, despite the number of transactions over £1 billion falling from nine to six.


Coinciding with the pick-up in IPO activity has been the corollary – buyer interest in UK plcs from private equity. UDG Healthcare (Clayton, Dubilier & Rice), John Laing (KKR), Sanne Group (Cinven) and St Modwen (Blackstone) were amongst the recipients of bids from buyout firms.

Spotlight Transactions

Other deals during May included:

  • KKR’s acquisition of a majority stake in ERM, a deal that values the sustainability consultancy at $3 billion
  • Ramsay Health Care Ltd’s acquisition of 100% of stakes in Spire Healthcare Group for just under £1 billion
  • Centricus Acquisition Corp’s buyout of Arquit Ltd for $1.4 billion

The smaller end of the market witnessed the following deals:

  • The $20 million acquisition of property transaction software specialist Terrafirma IDC by US
    legal solutions provider Dye & Durham
  • The sale of cannabis wellness business Ciitech to Fragrant Prosperity for £17.5 million
  • The acquisition of a 10% stake in Timothy Taylor, brewer of the eponymous beer, for £2.5 million


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