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BusinessEY’s dealmakers in the North advise on transactions worth more than £2bn

EY’s dealmakers in the North advise on transactions worth more than £2bn

  • EY team advised Croda on the £667mn divestment of its Performance Technologies and Industrial Chemicals business.
  • Momentum in the local deals market continues as companies look to transform during continued economic and geopolitical uncertainty.
  • 2022 will end with a more subdued number of completions, which will continue into the first half of 2023.

EY’s North Strategy and Transactions teams have advised on deals worth more than £2bn so far this year.

One of the most significant transactions they worked on was the £667mn divestment by East Yorkshire-based Croda, of its Performance Technologies and Industrial Chemicals business to a wholly owned subsidiary of global food corporation Cargill Inc.

Completing in July 2022, a multidisciplinary team from EY advised Croda, pre and post deal completion, supporting the client with financial vendor due diligence, a separation blueprint, support on operational aspects of the carve out, tax structuring, valuations assistance and the sales and purchase agreement.

Mark Clephan, EY’s North Corporate Finance Partner, said: “After a resurgence of deals in 2021, economic headwinds stunted the number of deal completions in the first half of this year. However, despite the geopolitical tensions and cost pressures, the transactions market has remained active, driven by a strong flow of private capital.

“EY’s team in the North has seen continued momentum and appetite for transactions, driven by businesses looking to transform and shape their organisations for the future, particularly using technology, which is boosting activity in that sector. Companies are investing in tech to boost capability, source management data, disrupt established industries, and improve customer/client experience.”

Deals EY advised on

Most recently, the dealmakers at EY assisted SymphonyAI in acquiring financial crime detection business, NetReveal®, from defence contractor BAE Systems. They also advised OCS Group UK, a facilities management business, to sell its facilities services division to global investment firm Clayton, Dubilier and Rice (CD&R).

Looking back to quarter two (Q2), the team worked on nine business deals totalling more than £1.2billion, spanning a range of industries including technology, gaming, sales and advertising, and automotive.

Deals EY advised on included: the acquisition of game developer Sybo by mobile gaming studio, Miniclip, which expanded its business operations by opening a new office in Lisbon earlier this year; the purchase of leading salesforce consultancy, Pexlify, by Japanese PR and advertising firm, Dentsu Group; and the sale of major tech-enabled used-car platform Big Motoring World to Private Equity investors Freshstream PE.

The team also provided buyside due diligence to web hosting firm Miss Group as they acquired IT solutions businesses Cloudnet, Cloud Access and PrivateVPN.

Closing out the quarter (Q2), the team acted on the £80mn acquisition of Grant Westfield – a bathroom panel manufacturer – by Norcros; and the agreement to acquire roller garage doors business, Garolla, by consumer and technology investors Mayfair Equity Partners.

The pace of completions in 2022 was set in quarter one (Q1), when EY acted on seven deals worth almost half a billion pounds, including: LDC’s investment in Manchester-based digital agency, CTI Group; providing financial due diligence (FDD) to TIMCO (TI Midwood & Co Limited), on its acquisition of Bufab; assisting Premier Technical Services Group’s (PTSG) acquisition of Nationwide Specialist Services (NSS); and delivering buy side due diligence services to FleetCor Technologies during its acquisition of Levarti UK Limited.

Mark Clephan added: “The whole team at EY has worked on some tremendous deals so far this year, helping local businesses with their growth and transformation ambitions, in what remains a challenging and uncertain market.

“In the last quarter of the year we expect the deals market to be tougher, in the face of continued economic volatility. That is likely to characterise the first half of 2023, with a potential pick-up in the second half of the year.”

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcock
With over 20 years of experience in the field SEO and digital marketing, Sam Allcock is a highly regarded entrepreneur. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.
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