48 pc rise for logistics mergers
From Logistics Manager Magazine,
Published Friday 7 June 2019 12:45 pm
UK transaction volumes in the logistics and supply chain
management industry rose 48 per cent in 2018 according to BDO’s latest
Logistics & Supply Chain Management M&A Review.
UK & Ireland average deal value dropped by almost 60 per cent,
demonstrative of a shift towards high volumes of mid-market deals, said
DBO. This continued in Q1 2019, where UK deal activity outperformed Q1
in 2018 and 2017.
BDO’s logistics & supply chain management lead and M&A partner Jason Whitworth.
Aggregate deal value was up, reaching £32.4 billion globally and £830 million in the UK & Ireland.
Globally the review noted steady deal activity with volumes up by 1.1
per cent but with a significant shift to larger deals. This included
six mega deals with an excess of £1 billion in 2018, pushing the average
deal value up 90 per cent.
“In a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive market, the level
of investment and transactional activity in the Logistics and Supply
Chain sector has remained strong,” said BDO’s logistics & supply
chain management lead and M&A partner Jason Whitworth.
“With a continued focus on change, there are pockets of real opportunity within the sector and businesses embracing technology and differentiating their service proposition represent extremely attractive investments.”