Support Services sector comment – June 2011

Sector consolidator Viridor Waste acquired Cheshire based cardboard and plastics recycler, Storm Recycling, Glass Tech Recycling acquired the assets of Welsh glass recycler Nationwide Recycling which was placed into administration earlier this month and waste management company SWR acquired

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Consumer sector comment – May 2011

Food and Drink represents the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, accounting for 14 per cent of the UK’s entire manufacturing sector with a gross value added of £21.8bn and is growing at a faster rate than most of

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Healthcare sector comment – May 2011

May was an encouraging month for deals in the healthcare sector with a total of 16 deals. A significant deal this month was Alkermes Inc’s merger with Elan Drug Technologies (EDT), the profitable, world-class drug formulation and manufacturing business

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Industrials sector comment – June 2011

Fears of a double-dip recession in the oil and gas industry have faded, spurring a sharp rise in M&A activity involving suppliers of oilfield products and services. Strong commodity prices are supporting the need for yet more specialist engineering

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Chemicals sector comment – June 2011

Ashland’s proposed acquisition of International Specialty Products (ISP) is the latest move by large global chemicals groups looking to position themselves in fast-growing speciality markets. The US group’s $3.2bn move for ISP will add high-value water soluble polymers and

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Industrials sector comment – May 2011

US firm Morgan Joseph TriArtisan has advised a consortium of Japanese companies on the $680m acquisition of ARCO Aluminium, a subsidiary of BP. ARCO Aluminium is a supplier of rolled aluminium sheet used primarily in the production of beverage cans.

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Consumer sector comment – April 2011

Despite recent disappointing sales figures on the High Street and signs of pessimism from some retailers who believe sales during May will be poor for the time of the year, there are still reasons for the retail sector to

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Healthcare sector comment – April 2011

April saw an encouraging month for deals in the healthcare sector with a total of 14 deals completed. The key deal this month was The Priory’s acquisition of Craegmoor, where both assets, interestingly, are owned by Advent International. Earlier

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Chemicals sector comment – May 2011

Solvay’s $4.8bn acquisition of Rhodia is the latest high profile transaction in the chemicals industry as the major players position themselves in high growth end markets. The acquisitions of Cognis by BASF and Lubrizol by Berkshire Hathaway highlight how

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