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October 2022 Valuation Barometer
Highlights from our October 2022 Valuation Barometer, covering deals and valuation multiples in UK M&A in September 2022. Request the Executive Summary below.
Deal volumes in September 2022 were on par with August 2022 but slightly lower than volumes observed in the first half of 2022.
We combined data from MarktoMarket’s platform and our other sources to estimate the value of deals completed and announced in September 2022. We calculated that M&A deals valued at a total of £25.6 billion were executed or announced during the month.
The largest deal was Schneider Electric’s acquisition of Aveva Group PLC at an enterprise
value of £10.2 billion. Already owning a stake of 60%, this step acquisition results in 100% ownership of the British industrial and engineering software business by the French conglomerate, having purchased a controlling stake in 2018. Under the take-private deal,
Schneider will look to expedite decision-making, increase R&D investment and accelerate Aveva’s evolution to a subscription business model.
Other deals during September included:
- Following Macquarie’s deal with Veolia to acquire Suez UK in August, Suez group has now taken up its right of first refusal, buying back Suez UK for £2 billion.
- WSP Global, Inc acquired British multinational engineering and consulting business, Wood, for $1.8 billion.
- Energy Capital Partners (ECP) has announced the acquisition of Biffa PLC for £1.3 billion.
- Private Equity firm Francisco Partners Management has acquired a controlling interest in Kobalt Music Group for £750 million.
- Access Paysuite is acquiring Pay360 from Capita PLC for £150 million.
The smaller end of the market witnessed the following deals:
- More Acquisitions PLC acquired Megasteel for £49.5 million
- New Wave Group AB acquired B.T.C Activewear for £33 million.
- The disposal of a 3% in Mone Brothers Group Ltd at an estimated enterprise value of £6.9 million.
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