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Acquisitions targets revealed in Plimsoll Analysis

An acquisition study from market analysts Plimsoll Publishing Ltd has named which of the UK’s largest recruitment agencies are highly attractive takeover targets.

 

The study, which analyses the UK’s largest 2093 companies, warns that a combination of stock piling cash, low interest rates and ageing directors has left these companies open for acquisition as the sector consolidates, evolves and starts to prosper again.

 

Following the recent acquisitions of Penna Consulting PLC and Frank Recruitment Group, David Pattison, Plimsoll’s chief analyst, believes now may be the time for some in the market to acquire.

 

He said, “These businesses named as highly attractive takeover targets are showing classic acquisition criteria. They are all declining in financial strength, many have an aging board and some are still privately owned. Given the circumstances, it’s quite possible that perhaps some of the directors will be looking to retire or even consider a sale.

 

“With these findings in mind it will be no surprise that we will see more acquisition activity. Let’s also remember an acquisition should not been (sic) seen as a negative thing, it’s an opportunity for both the buyer and the seller – the buyers get to take on a new business and invest, the sellers get to belong to a new company and get a whole new future.”

 

As such, the new study includes a regional analysis whereby it states which area of the country has the most attractive acquisition prospects. 

 

Location

Highly Attractive Prospects

East Midlands

37

Essex

17

North East

9

North West / North Wales

51

Northern Home Counties

192

Northern Ireland

4

Preston Conurbation

5

Scotland

19

South East

23

South Midlands

18

South Wales

7

South West

20

Southern Home Counties

53

Thames Valley

54

West Midlands

37

Yorkshire

31

 

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