M&A deal values up despite fear 7 May result could derail market

Tim Wallace
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CITY dealmakers have not been put off by the General Election, despite the uncertainty caused by the knife-edge vote, analysis from BDO shows today.

Almost 500 merger and acquisition deals came through in the first quarter of the year, in line with the volumes seen in 2014.

And private equity buyers are even splashing out greater sums, with multiples rising from 9.5-times to 10.9-times on the quarter.

“Many private equity firms are awash with cash that needs to find a home and there is plenty of debt available to fund deals, especially with the rise of institutional debt funds,” said BDO’s Roger Buckley.

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