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Now is the time for investors to ‘show their bottle’, says business sales expert

Thursday 13th November 2014

Investors with strong balance sheets must take the opportunity to ‘show their bottle’; this is according to James Waterhouse, Director of dealconnections, a portal listing businesses for sale.
Waterhouse says that, rather than be deterred by short-term disturbances, investors should protect themselves against ‘known unknowns’.
One of the ways to do this, he says, is to use the strength in their balance sheets to acquire less stable businesses, along with their market share. 
 “The M&A market has never been more buoyant - and the opportunities are definitely out there,” he explains.  
“Last week alone, dealconnections saw almost 100 new mandates hit the market. A total of £1.5 billion in revenues have been made available for acquisition in the last three months across just the top ten most active business sectors.”
“The volume is increasing week-by-week, as management teams across the country, - in the face of limited debt opportunities - look for strategic partnerships to deliver the potential in their products and services,” he adds.
His website claims that the number of UK private equity deals by more than a third over the summer months, with 511 signed (the busiest period since 2009). 
This was up 35 per cent on the second quarter and about five per cent higher than the same quarter last year. 
Waterhouse says that although the number of businesses entering administration is actually at its lowest level for several years, there is still a significant amount of distressed businesses coming on to the market at the moment. 
“For businesses with the money and the bottle to take them on, these can represent hugely valuable investments paying back in the short- to medium- term,” he concludes.

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