By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com
The UK’s Private Equity (PE) buyout market proved to be the most bankable PE market in 2012, boosted by Sterling’s attractiveness as a relative safe haven for investors who are keen to continue deal making in Europe without exposing themselves to Eurozone volatility.
“UK buyout activity has shown real resilience in the face of macroeconomic uncertainty. The PE market in the UK is being buoyed by the relative safety that Sterling offers in light of the Eurozone crisis and has helped to make it the most bankable PE market in Europe this year,” says Sachin Date, Private Equity leader for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) at Ernst & Young. “PE funds are growing increasingly worried about how the Eurozone crisis will play out and as a result the UK has benefitted and held up well compared to Europe.”
The value of UK buyouts has risen 23% so far this year to £15.7bn from £12.7bn in 2011, and the number of deals recorded rose slightly to 189 compared to 187 over the same period. Average deal size in the UK has also increased to £84m, up from £68m, according to the latest data published by the Centre for Management Buyout Research (CMBOR) and sponsored by Ernst & Young and Equistone Partners Europe.