Posted on December 5, 2017 by staff

North West TMT deals going from strength to strength


The number of outbound cross-border deals involving North West technology, media and telecoms (TMT) businesses over the last two years has more than doubled compared to this time last year, according to new analysis from Deloitte and Experian.

It was found that TMT businesses in the region were involved in a total of 27 outbound transactions involving 14 countries since 2015, compared to 11 transactions with seven countries the two previous years.

Global cyber security and risk mitigation specialist, NCC Group, remains the highest value North West bidder over the past two years for its acquisition of Dutch cyber security company, Fox-IT, for almost £94 million.

The second highest disclosed outbound deal was the £79 million acquisition of Dutch supply chain and information management solutions provider LeanLogistics Inc by Manchester-based logistics software developer Kewill Topco Ltd.

Inward investment in the region’s TMT sector has also continued to grow, with the number of deals in the last two years reaching 48, an increase of 20 compared to the same analysis from last year.

The £250 million acquisition of life science manufacturer Alfa Aesarchina Ltd, by US-based Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., was the largest of all 75 disclosed inbound and outbound transactions involving North West TMT firms since January 2015.

Claire Jolly, head of TMT at Deloitte in the North West, said: “Year on year we are seeing the rates of investment in North West TMT businesses grow rapidly.

“The number of deals involving US firms is particularly encouraging given that it’s a market renowned for its technology industry.

“The fact a North West business has been acquired for over £250 million, and that the number of outbound deals has more than doubled, strengthens the region’s positon as a global leader in the TMT sector.”

Other notable inbound deals include Japanese electronics giant Toshiba Corporation’s £110 million acquisition of a further 40 per cent stake in NuGeneration Ltd, a Cumbrian land holder for nuclear development, and the £100 million acquisition of utilities data management and software developer, Utiligroup Ltd, by US energy solutions provider, Energy Services Group LLC.

This analysis highlights a continued trend in the North West TMT market with US firms dominating investment.

Ten of the 27 outbound deals involved target companies based in the US and of the 48 inbound cross-border deals, 19 were from US bidders.

Sir Howard Bernstein, strategic advisor at Deloitte in the North West, added: “This analysis is a reflection of the region’s potential as a hub for technology innovation and acts as a key indicator for the North West’s imperative role in supporting the wider Northern Powerhouse.”