KBS Corporate completed 18 deals worth in excess of £130m, across the South East, in first six months of 2018.
According to the latest Experian report, there were 486 deal completions across the South East of England in the last 6 months alone.
KBS Corporate were named in the top 3 most active advisers for the region, completing a number of deals, across a variety of sectors and industries.
Finlay Associates, one of the leading property search providers, was acquired by Dye & Durham Corporation, providing ample opportunities for expansion and diversification going forward.
In another high value deal, AoFA Qualifications Limited was acquired by Personal Track Safety Ltd, AoFA Qualifications is an awarding organisation, recognised by Ofqual. On instructing KBS Corporate with the sale, an extensive research process was conducted, which lead to circa 20 parties registering their interest in the opportunity. An eventual deal was agreed with Personal Track Safety, who offer courses to over 10,000 learners per year.
Deal Executive Fabio Rambelli advised our clients at AoFA Qualifications, on the deal he commented: “I am pleased that the shareholders of AoFA have been able to successfully exit the business and start a new chapter in their lives. I am confident the company will be successful in the hands of Personal Track Safety moving forward.”
Other deals completed by KBS Corporate across the South East included the sale of M.C Denyer & Co Limited, Blackswan Tyre and Exhaust Centre Ltd, Just Wholefoods Ltd and Scubair Limited.
First Byte Micro was acquired by APC Technology Group, both of which are South East based companies. The deal sees First Byte Micro increase market share and gain a synergy business for its brand.
The South East continues to show high levels of M&A activity, across a broad range of sectors. The buyer appetite ranges across businesses of all sizes and the South East economy seems to be particularly appealing to a wide range of potential investors, from both the region and further afield.
Regional Director for the South East, Matthew Brannon, commented “I am thrilled to see the economy of the region flourish. We are seeing an increase in appetite for South East opportunities, as many companies look to expand geographically, the South East presents the ideal location. I enjoy visiting and engaging with a wide-range of businesses across the region and it is great to see so many investors and acquirers interested in the companies based here.”
KBS Corporate continues to be prolific within the South East, and with a number of deals in the pipeline, the M&A activity is showing no sign of decline.