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Last week it was revealed that Apple had completed a low-key deal to acquire Beddit, a Finnish company that makes sleep-tracking devices compatible with apps for both iOS and the Apple Watch. News of the acquisition was broken by CNBC which reported that the privacy section of the Beddit website had been updated to note the deal and confirm that all consumer data is now subject to Apple’s own privacy policy. Beddit… Read More

New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, Coach Inc has acquired its rival Kate Spade & Company for $2.4 billion, a figure “not justified strictly by the numbers” according to the New York Times. The deal figure represents a 27.5 per cent premium on the share price of Kate Space before talk of a deal emerged in December. Coach’s chief executive Victor Luis has promised to only cut… Read More

Apple has hit the headlines this week with the media speculating whether or not they are set for a mammoth acquisition due to its significant and ever-growing stash of cash. It’s estimated that the tech giant holds somewhere in the region of a quarter-trillion dollars that it could use to snap up another business or two. Amongst the potential acquisition targets is Netflix and Tesla Motors, with both brands making a lot… Read More

This week it was announced SiriusXM would acquire San Francisco-based connected car company Automatic Labs Inc. in a deal worth $100 million, according to TechCrunch. The acquisition brings together two giants in the connected car industry with Automatic’s data driven platform providing drivers with vehicle diagnostic alerts, emergency crash assistance, fuel monitoring, access to parting information and live vehicle location tracking, joining SiriusXM which offers leading, commercial-free audio entertainment and data services… Read More

According to a recent report, UK companies are braced for a surge in deal-making this year, as executives prepare their businesses for life away from the European Union. Accountancy juggernaut Ernst & Young found that 51% of UK firms expect to actively pursue mergers and acquisitions within the next 12 months, a rise of three percent from October 2016, but slightly lagging behind the global figure of 56%. Despite the backdrop of… Read More

After several weeks of speculation, it has been announced that global lab testing specialist Exova has accepted an all-cash takeover from its industry rival Element Materials Technology Group. The deal, worth a reported £620 million, will see Element pay £2.40 per share to all investors in Exova. This represents a 10.7 per cent premium to the stock’s closing price on March 24 before Exova entered into discussions with potential buyers. It was… Read More

In the biggest deal of the company’s 120-year history, medical device giant Becton, Dickinson & Company has announced its acquisition of C.R. Bard for $24 billion. The cash and stock deal will see Bard shareholders receive $222.93 in cash and 0.5077 shares of Becton Dickinson stock per Bard share, or $317 per Bard share based on Becton Dickinson’s closing price of $185.29. The acquisition means Becton Dickinson’s portfolio, currently comprising syringes and… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Label Express Limited to Lynx Equity, a world-renowned manager of private equity funds based in Canada with a diversified portfolio of companies throughout North America. For the past decade Lynx Equity has focused on 100% acquisitions of old-economy, North American businesses, before entering into the European market at the beginning of 2017.  Benchmark International assisted Lynx Equity with the successful acquisition of London-based… Read More

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that a deal has been agreed for the sale of Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited to Secom PLC. As a privately owned company, Scan Alarms & Security Systems Limited pride themselves on delivering an exemplary service to all of their clients. Their business policies embrace the concepts of quality, perfection, progress and results. Each member of their team is committed to the attainment of these… Read More

Benchmark International are pleased to announce that a deal between Hi-Tech Products Limited and Siegwerk has been agreed. Hi-Tech Products Limited was formed in 2004 by Wade and Helen Brealey. With 25 years previous experience managing another UK Ink company and working in the New Zealand and Australian Ink industry they decided to put that experience to good use. The company had clear goals and targets, so it grew very rapidly. Year… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to have advised on an agreed deal for the sale of Middletons Hotel Limited to Thwaites PLC. Middletons Hotel is a 56-bedroom property spread over six historic, Grade II Listed Buildings and has been built up by a local family over the past 40 years. After York Minster, it is the largest single property within York City Walls and its garden site is a quiet haven only a… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Vitanium Systems Limited to Lane Telecommunications. Vitanium Systems Limited (VSL) are a privately owned company delivering Enterprise Cloud Backup & Cloud Email services to business. Established in 1999, VSL have built a loyal direct customer base and a large re-seller network, with their customers represented within a wide range of market sectors and business sizes. By adopting a consultative approach VSL provide a… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Jack Lilley Limited to the Lind Group Holding Company Limited. Established in 1959, Jack Lilley Ltd became one of the first Hinckley appointed Triumph dealerships in 1991. They were chosen for their experience and expertise in promoting European motorcycles, and in that 26 year relationship have played a major part in helping the Triumph brand establish itself in the UK. Initially operating from… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Signalhome Limited to Lynx Private Equity. Signalhome Ltd offer a comprehensive storage facility located for easy access into London and the South East. Specialising in the warehousing of kitchen and bathroom products from all over the world. All goods held at Signalhome Ltd are palletised and then individually located into their specially adapted racking. Strict stock control procedures ensure efficient and accurate retrieval… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors to the Ogilvie Geomatics, a part of the Ogilvie Group. Malcolm Hughes Land Surveyors are one of the largest owner-managed land survey businesses in the UK. They specialise in BIM modelling, laser scanning, measured building survey, topographical survey, monitoring survey and dimensional control and boundary surveys. As a business they operate throughout the UK and Ireland from their home… Read More

Please take a read of our latest edition of THE MARK, Benchmark International’s in-house publication which provides readers with a thorough insight into key events within the M&A industry. In this edition, we cover what was a significant year for M&A, with Brexit happening and the recent appointment of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. However, despite what many may call the ‘Year of Change’, Benchmark International continued… Read More

Despite economic and political uncertainty across the globe in 2016, the year remained one of the most active for M&A deals. According to data collected by Dealogic, the value of the average deal in 2016 was $104.2m which, despite being slightly down on 2015’s average of $115.4m, was significantly greater than the average deals made between 2000 and 2014 at $77.1m. Here, we take a look at the biggest transactions that contributed… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Cleaning Equipment Supplies to ICE. Cleaning Equipment Supplies is a leading supplier in the cleaning industry and has been established for over 10 years. We believe that investing in leading technology and reliable innovation is essential to maintain the highest standards of customer satisfaction. We cater for both large and small businesses, working closely with our supply partners to provide a comprehensive range… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of E.Braude Limited to Heatrod Elements. Braude, which is based in Sandhurst, Berkshire has earned a worldwide reputation as a specialist in thermal process equipment, in particular when it comes to the heating and cooling of highly corrosive liquids. With a turnover exceeding £1m and an operating profit regularly in excess of 10%, the Braude acquisition is supported by strong financial performances.  The company… Read More

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the sale of Dyson Energy Services to the Duality Group. At Dyson Energy Services they believe in challenging themselves to ensure they provide their clients with something different. As a company they also believe ‘they set the standards’, and as a result have built an enviable reputation for providing clients with cost-effective energy solutions, delivered and installed to the highest standards for over 30 years. Tony… Read More