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As you look to grow your business or look to change the shareholder base, it’s imperative to understand the options that will enable you to achieve your strategic objectives, both in terms of financial investment and operational insight.

The private equity industry supports management teams by providing capital to fund growth, or restructure shareholdings; and, if required, by enabling the business to access the expertise needed to help it continue its growth trajectory while aligning investor interests with management through equity incentivisation.

At KPMG, we have strong embedded relationships with all the key private equity firms both in the UK and Internationally. We have relationships with firms which invest across the entire spectrum of deal sizes do we want to make this more mid-market focused which is really where to play? We have sold businesses to them and bought businesses for them. Most importantly, we know what makes them tick, what they are looking for in the new opportunities and how they assess value.

Our understanding of the private equity industry allows us to provide the best possible advice and offer market leading solutions across the lifecycle of a private equity backed business, from initial investment to a successful exit.

Given our understanding of the investor population, we are ideally placed to help you find the right partner, based on deep understanding of their investment focus and partnering style. Once we’ve helped you find the right partner, we’ll help you negotiate an optimal deal and work with you through the investment cycle to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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UK mid-market private equity deal analysis 2019

During 2019, UK Private Equity deal volume fell to its lowest level in five years, as heightened economic and geopolitical uncertainty gripped the market. All UK PE deal volumes were down by 19 percent to 978 deals. Whilst deal values fell by 18.9 percent, PE multiples also fell from 13.2x earnings to 11x earnings. 

Key findings – UK Mid-market Private Equity review 2019:

  • Mid-market PE also saw a drop in volumes of 14.6% to 532 deals
  • Deal values reached a 5 year high at a total of £39.9bn
  • Public to private transactions are on the rise, which looks set to continue
  • Mid-market exits waned

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