Manufacturing Growth Reflected In Deal Activity

Lawyer Claims Private Equity Opportunities Being Missed

07.11.2013

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The 1.2 per cent increase in UK manufacturing during September, which was revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), is being reflected in an increase in deal activity.

The output figure was better than expected and followed a fall during August. The data for September means that manufacturing output rose 0.9 per cent over the third quarter.

According to the ONS. the sectors which performed most strongly were pharmaceuticals. transport and computers. 

Lee Hopley, chief economist of the manufacturers' group the EEF, said:

"There were strong gains in pharmaceuticals, electronics and transport, with the latter benefiting from a combination of new products, solid overseas demand and longer order books. With signs pointing to firm activity in the final months of this year our forecasts suggest that the second half of the year will be the strongest six-month period for the sector in three years."

Expert Opinion
The strong performance of the sector is certainly being reflected in an increase in deal activity within manufacturing. We were very active during Q3 and expect to be during the final three months of the year.

“The sector is driving more and more interest from overseas’ companies looking to buy up UK based manufacturing business, particularly from the US. Although this is indicative of the sector’s international reputation, increased demand and confidence does also provide greater potential for businesses here to attract private equity investment.

“PE investment in manufacturing is still relatively low compared to previous years and I think many firms could do more and take advantage of the opportunities which do exist.”
Andrea Cropley, Partner