Cross Border m&a deals in the United Kingdom

Recent M&A transactions

Cross border m&a is the core business of Corporate Finance in Europe. We are active in the UK market continuously and are involved in cross border m&a deals. Opportunities exist in the development of the European market. When selling a business it makes more sense to look for buyers within a wider area like Europe instead of only in the UK. On this page you will find some recent m&a deals which could be of importance to your strategic plans. For the latest M&A deals ask us for more info.

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2013 Cross Border M&A Deal in the UK

DSV has acquired the entire share capital of the UK based SBS Worldwide Holdings Ltd. SBS Worldwide offers air and sea transport and logistics solutions. SBS has 220 employees, and with three offices in England and four offices in the US the company mainly focuses on the Transatlantic trade lanes. In 2012, SBS reported revenue of approx. GBP 50 million. The activities of SBS will complement the activities of DSV's Air & Sea Division. The US and UK are important markets for DSV.

Acquirer

 

DSV

Country Acquirer

flag Denmark

Denmark

Target

 

SBS Worldwide

Country target

flag United Kingdom

UK

Revenue

 

50m GBP

% Sold

 

Majority

Industry

 

Air and Sea freight logistics

2013 M&A transaction in Data Services Consultancy

BackOffice Associates announced that it has acquired Entota Limited, the largest SAP Data Services consultancy in EMEA. The company’s industry proven solutions in data migration, information governance, data integration and data warehousing will further enhance BackOffice Associates’ market-leading data management solutions.

BackOffice Associates is a company in data migration and information governance solutions, with a concentration on enhancing ERP data quality. Its range of products and services address the needs of business and IT users seeking to unlock the value of their data assets.

Entota is the largest specialist SAP data services consultancy in EMEA providing best of breed solutions in data migration.

Acquirer

 

BackOffice Associates

Country Acquirer

flag United States

US

Target

 

Entota

Country target

flag United Kingdom

UK

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

% Sold

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Data Services Consultancy

2013 Cross Border M&A on the British market

iomart Group plc, acquires Backup Technology

iomart Group, the Glasgow-headquartered cloud company acquires Backup Technology ("BTL"), a leading provider of cloud backup and disaster recovery services. BTL has a customer portfolio of 200 enterprise clients including Siemens, British Red Cross, Lloyds Register, Suzuki and Pernod Ricard.

iomart Group plc is one of the UK's leading providers of managed hosting and cloud computing services. From a single server through to private cloud networks, iomart specialises in the delivery and management of mission-critical hosting services.

Acquirer

 

Iomart Group

Country Acquirer

flag Scotland

Scotland

Target

 

Back-up Technology

Country target

flag UK

England

Purchase price

 

€27 million

% Sold

 

Not disclosed

Industry

 

Cloud Back-up and Recovery

2011 M&A Deal Dutch company in the United Kingdom

Barentz has acquired Forum Products Ltd (United Kingdom). Forum Products Limited was founded in 1981. Forum’s Head Office is based in the UK and it has 2 international offices in Ireland and India. With a turnover of about 90 Mio Euro, Forum focuses on life- science ingredients and operates in the following business areas: pharmaceutical and fine chemicals, animal nutrition, animal health, food ingredients and functional foods and supplements.

The Barentz Group is a privately owned company founded in 1953 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Today Barentz has a leading Pan European position distributing ingredients and additives for the food, pharmaceutical & cosmetic, chemical and animal nutrition industries. The group has built long term relationships with worldwide suppliers and European producers.

By this acquisition Barentz will expand its market presence in the UK adding a strong ingredient distributor position in the pharmaceutical, food and animal nutrition markets to its current business. In addition to this expanded UK position, Barentz will further develop its knowledge in the life-science markets. This acquisition fits Barentz’ strategy to become a pan-European leader in the distribution of specialty ingredients.

Acquirer

 

Barentz

Country Acquirer

flag Netherlands

Netherlands

Target

 

Forum Products

Country target

flag United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Revenue target

 

90m €

Industry

 

Chemical specialty ingredients distribution

2011 Cross Border M&A Deal

Brenntag acquires specialty chemical distributor Multisol Group Limited (UK). Brenntag acquires Multisol Group Limited, the holding company of the Multisol Group which is engaged in the distribution of high value specialty chemicals.

Multisol provides a further expansion of Brenntag’s product portfolio into lubricant additives and high quality base oils and expands Brenntag’s mixing and blending capabilities. Multisol’s geographic presence in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa complements Brenntag’s existing infrastructure and logistics network. Brenntag, the global market leader in chemical distribution, further develops its market position in the distribution of specialty chemicals with focus on lubricants and base oils including mixing and blending capabilities. Multisol is a specialist in the distribution of lubricant additives and base oils in Europe and Africa working together with some of the world’s largest producers. Revenues of Multisol are GBP 238 million.

Acquirer

 

Brenntag

Country Acquirer

flag Germany

Germany

Target

 

Multisol

Country target

flag United Kingdom

UK

Revenues target

 

238m GBP

Industry

 

Specialty chemical distribution

2010 Cross Border M&A Deal in Chemicals by UK company

The m&a transaction is in line with Weir's strategy to grow its global capability, to expand its emerging market footprint and strengthen its aftermarket presence. The addition of the Linatex's brand and products are complementary to Weir's existing offering in minerals processing.  It also provides Weir significant potential for expansion in the Canadian oil sands market through newly developed Linatex equipment. The transaction was completed on 17 September 2010.

Acquirer

 

The Weir Group PLC

Country Acquirer

flag United Kingdom

United Kindom

Target

 

Linatex Consolidated Holdings Limited

Country target

flag Malaysia

Malaysia

Purchase price

 

200m $

Industry

 

Rubber Manufacturing

2010 Cross Border M&A transaction in the UK

The m&a deal will be beneficial for Curtiss-Wright’s leadership position in the aerospace and defense electronic systems market. The acquisition was completed on 22 June 2010

Acquirer

 

Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Country Acquirer

United States-flag

United States

Target

 

Specialist Electronics Services, Ltd.

Country target

Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

22.3m $

Industry

 

Aerospace and Defense – manufacturing and electronics

2010 British M&A deal in Finland

AVEVA will be able to strengthen its existing product lifecycle management offering with material control and production planning capabilities by the acquisition of Logimatic. The deal was completed on 03 June 2010.

Acquirer

 

AVEVA Group plc

Country Acquirer

Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Target

 

Logimatic Holdings A/S - MARS business

Country target

Denmark flag

Denmark

Purchase price

 

18.8m $

Industry

 

IT Software - Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

2010 M&A transaction in the United Kingdom

The position in the European rail freight market in the future will be strengthened by Eurotunnel’s M&A deal. FirstGroup’s strategy to focus on its core business in the UK and the US is in line with the sale of GBRf. The acquisition was completed on 01 June 2010.

Acquirer

 

Groupe Eurotunnel SA

Country Acquirer

France-flag

France

Target

 

First GBRf, Ltd.

Country target

Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

45.8m $

Industry

 

Freight Transportation - Road and Rail Freight

2008 

Acquirer

 

Ascentium

Country Acquirer

 United States-flag

USA

Target

 

Artemis Corp.

Country target

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Communication Solutions

2008

Acquirer

 

The Rea Group

Country Acquirer

 Australia-flag

Australia

Target

 

Sherlock Publications Ltd

Country target

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

£5.6m

Industry

 

Real estate

2008

Acquirer

 

Axel Johnson Group.

Country Acquirer

 Sweden-flag

Sweden

Target

 

Certex Lifting Ltd.

Country target

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

lifting and lashing equipment

2008 

Acquirer

 

Senoble

Country Acquirer

 France-flag

France

Target

 

Elisabeth the Chef

Country target

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Food

2008

Acquirer

 

Getupdated Internet Marketing

Country Acquirer

 Sweden-flag

Sweden

Target

 

Just Search Ltd

Country target

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

Undisclosed

Industry

 

Marketing services

2004

Acquirer

 

Kaboose Inc.

Country Acquirer

 Canada-flag

Canada

Target

 

Bounty group

Country target

 Uk-flag

United Kingdom

Purchase price

 

£70m

Industry

 

Online media