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A story of an acquisition that ticked all the boxes

Compressed Air Centre Ltd (CAC) is a leading distributor of high quality compressed air products. CAC's key shareholder was looking to exit the business. Rather than simply selling to the highest bidder, the owner was keen to secure a buyer that would nurture the business and CAC's existing staff and clients. 

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Adapting the takeover rules makes for good PR, but it won’t help smaller firms

Certain M&A ‘mega deals’ have a way of capturing the public's imagination – though rarely for the right reasons.

While most acquisitions cause barely a ripple outside the confines of the financial press, country and media tend to unite whenever one of our prized British institutions comes under attack.

Take the February 2010 acquisition of Cadbury's by Kraft foods or, as most will remember it, America’s corporate raid, and subsequent dismembering, of a much-loved national treasure. At the flick of a pen, Cadbury's historic Somerdale factory was forever shuttered, taking with it 400 local jobs.

Such events, though fairly commonplace in the business world, create problems when played out in the public arena. Questions get asked. Politicians become accountable.

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31st October 2017

Tech deals are beginning to dominate the wider M&A landscape

Our update shows how technology deals remain high in the M&A world as business owners want to stay ahead of the competitors, bringing technology in-house through acquisitions. Read here

4th October 2017

Why the emotional side of selling business matters more than you think

3rd October 2017

Second time around for the successful sale of Kingcombe Aquacare 

A story of perseverance and bizarre coincidence. Read more

19th October 2017

Food & Beverage companies sit high on investors’ shopping lists

Our recent analysis of the Food and Beverage (F&B) sector has shown that businesses are proving to be an attractive opportunity for both domestic and international business buyers alike, as well as private equity investors. Read here

14th September 2017

Strategic M&A Seminar 2017

Business growth, whether organically or through acquisition, is part of any ambitious business owner’s plan. A good business strategy should reflect the ultimate goal and therefore an exit plan may be a crucial consideration. 

Run in conjunction with the Institute of Directors, this educative and technical conference, provides you with a step by step guide to strategically grow your company and buy or sell a business.

Register your place here 

Strategic M&A Outlook Report 

Download our Strategic M&A Outlook Report to gain valuable insights into the trends and dynamics of mergers and acquisitions market here.

18th July 2017

Assessing the UK M&A landscape post Brexit 

The UK M&A market has undoubtedly felt the impact of last summer's surprise EU referendum result. In the first half of 2016 total UK deal values fell by around two-thirds on a year-on-year basis to £57.6BN, according to the Institute For Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances (IMAA). Read more

18th July 2017

Business leaders: Forget the politics,now is time for action

Whatever your political allegiances, there has rarely been a more interesting time to be a spectator of British politics. Yet as fascinating as the current soap opera may be, it’s crucial that those in the business community don’t allow themselves to be distracted by events elsewhere.  Read more

12th July 2017

Driving value in challenging markets: what we learnt from the Avondale M&A Summit

"Uncertainty is the new recession" was just one of the many takeaways from the Avondale M&A Summit. Read more

10th July 2017

Entering a new age of uncertainty: why businesses need to make the most of changing trends

Kevin Uphill, Chairman, Avondale considers yesterday's election. 

The snap election on 8th June was a play to gain more certainty, effectively on a hard Brexit. Yet we have been left with greater uncertainty than ever. The Conservatives have the vote, yet not enough to form a clear majority in Parliament and, it appears, with no satisfactory prospects for a coalition. The prospect of another election and a new leader before the end of this year seems highly likely. The Brexit negotiations will begin during this period of flux – much of the political turmoil sits around what truly Brexit actually represents, and how we can best arrive at a sensible agreement with our neighbours. Read more

9th June 2017

How superabundance of capital is fuelling M&A activity

For all the uncertainty surrounding the global economy, company balance sheets are the healthiest they’ve ever been. According to Bain & Company, global financial assets now total more than $700 trillion – having stood at just $220 trillion in 1990.

In this age of readily available capital and deprived of traditional areas for growth, strategic M&A provides an appealing and necessary vehicle for long-term growth, while offsetting risks associated with hoarding large amounts of capital in an uncertain future. For buyers, not to mention those selling companies, the window of opportunity is wide open.   Read more

27th April 2017

Business leaders cite acquisitions as the key route to growth

As the UK dots the i’s and crosses the t’s on its EU exit papers, businesses on both sides of the channel are facing an increasingly uncertain future. Yet, against an increasingly complex geopolitical backdrop, the appetite for mergers and acquisitions is still healthy.

In fact, the demand for M&A is growing: data provided by research company Experian showed a 21% jump in UK deal volumes in February, with the rise underpinned by a sharp increase in small and mid-market transactions. In this respect, at least, Europe was united, with deal activity rising by 25% across the wider continent during the month.  Read More

11th April 2017

Strategic M&A - Why is it critical to today's successful business leaders?                          

Profitable growth is central to business strategy; however unprecedented technical change, globalisation, workforce demands and cross sector fertilisation are increasing disruption, consolidation and complexity.

Such changes make organic growth increasingly pressured and consequently many companies are turning to acquisitions to create competitive advantage. It is expected that over 50% of companies will pursue acquisitions in the next year placing mergers and acquisition and shareholder value strategy centre stage as companies reinvent and rethink in response to deep economic shifts.  Read More

17th March 2017

M&A Reflections & Projections - 2016/2017

For a year that bought political turmoil on an international scale, the global M&A market rounded off 2016 in bullish fashion with 2017 showing increased activity.  Read More 

11th January 2017

M&A moves centre stage in disruptive times

The established political order in the West continues its transition with the news that Trump has been voted in as US President. This climate of change leaves the business community with uncertainty, but it is this very flux that creates opportunities.  Change favours the strategic, the agile and those who are prepared to adapt to change and potentially disrupt their traditional business model to turn adversity into success.

In this unstable landscape, acquisitions have increased in relevance and importance as a route to secure business growth and competitive advantage.  Read more

9th November 2016

Recipe for Success - Calder Foods sold to US Flagship Group

In 1992 Nigel Harrison and Paul Baker established Calder Foods, a specialist chilled food manufacturer, taking the business from strength to strength to a £22m turnover with 70% growth in the last 5 years.  Their goal was to bring another party to the business to increase the value even further.  Aware of their track record in the food sector, they instructed Avondale to secure an acquisition that would not only be financially rewarding but also enabled them to retain a stake and active involvement in the business.

Avondale’s exceptional insight into the food industry enabled them to be extremely targeted in their approach to potential acquirers.   Of the six parties Avondale brought to the table, five submitted indicative offers.  Ultimately it came down to two offers; one trade and one private equity, and after much negotiation and deliberation the offer from Flagship Food Group, a US owned multi-national food service specialist, was accepted.  Read more

2nd November 2016

Latest business and M&A statistics point to a brighter post-Brexit Britain

Despite Theresa May’s G20 press conference in China and David Davis’ Brexit statement on Monday 5th September, there remains little concrete information about how and when Britain will exit the EU.  What we can clearly see is that UK business is proving resilient, as evidenced in recently published data.  Read more

7th September 2016

Britain votes out - what is the impact on M&A - business as usual?

So after weeks and months of debate and controversy, although we have been discussing this since we entered the Common Market in 1973, we finally know – the UK public has voted OUT.  Britain has taken the first, pioneering step out.  Many EU member countries have long struggled with the EU’s sclerotic nature and this step will undoubtedly pose the same question for others.   We need to support the decision and move forward.  Business leaders need to analyse this new environment, hold their nerve and set aligned strategies for success.   Read more

24th June 2016

Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIN

Microsoft have just completed their largest ever acquisition by acquiring 100% of business networking group LinkedIn at $196 per share, a 50% premium on the previous week’s close – bringing the sale value to $26.2 billion. The question is whether this gargantuan investment is part of a cunning plan or an incredibly expensive red herring.  Read more

17th June 2016

IoD's Director Magazine review Kevin Uphill's latest book, Creating Competitive Advantage

Kevin Uphill, chairman of Avondale, considers the winning strategies of successful businesses in new book Creating Competitive Advantage – Director took a closer look.  Read more

29th March 2016

Chantilly Patisserie sold to The Real Good Food Company

Avondale have successfully completed the sale of Chantilly Patisserie to The Real Good Food Company Plc.  Read more

11th February 2016

How business leaders create competitive advantage?

Kevin Uphill, chairman of Avondale and author of "Creating Competitive Advantage" discusses how business leaders stay ahead of the competition in today's challenging times.  Read more

3rd February 2016

Reh Kendermann invest in Yapp Brothers

Avondale have successfully completed the investment buy of the UK's leading French wine importers to Reh Kendermann.  Read more

18th December 2015

IoD Roundtable Discussion - Exit Strategies

For entrepreneurs with a brilliant idea and the drive to grow a new venture, the thought of a future exit from the business rarely enters the mind. But should SME owners be considering their exit from day one? And how can they ensure they get the best deal when the time comes to step away?

At the Institute of Directors, business leaders joined the IoD director general, Simon Walker, to discuss exit strategy.  Read more 

26th November 2015


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