Foreign companies in UK shopping spree

Foreign companies in UK shopping spree

Investors continue to take advantage of a weakened sterling, as the fourth quarter sees an influx of foreign bidders, continuing the trend noted in the Market Tracker Q3 2020 M&A update.

Of the five firm offers that have been announced since 1 October 2020, all consist of non-UK bidders, with four of the offers being made by US bidders. Private equity firm Lone Star Real Estate Fund VI made an offer for McCarthy & Stone on 23 October (see Lone Star swoop in on struggling McCarthy & Stone), healthcare and research giant, PerkinElmer Inc, made a successful £284m takeover bid on 2 November for biotech company Horizon Discovery Group plc, and Waterfall Asset Management made a firm offer of £640m for investment trust Alternative Credit Investments (formerly known as Pollen Street Secured Lending) on 3 November, bringing a head to negotiations that began at the end of February 2020 (for more on this story see Bidders buzzing for Pollen Street and Pollen Street Secured Lending determined to keep conversation going). In addition, medical manufacturer Masimo Corporation put forward a bid for UK medical manufacturer LiDCO Group plc. The offer values LiDCO at £31m, representing a 78% premium to its closing price

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