UK Public M&A Trend Report update—1 January–31 March 2020

UK Public M&A Trend Report update—1 January–31 March 2020

Lexis®PSL Corporate and Market Tracker has conducted research to examine the current trends in UK public M&A for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020.

Background and approach

Lexis®PSL Corporate and Market Tracker has conducted research to examine the current trends in respect of UK public M&A. Data for this report has been sourced from the Market Tracker transaction data analysis tool which allows users to access, analyse and compare the specific features of numerous corporate transactions. This is an update to our UK public M&A deals in 2019—Market Tracker Trend report in which we examined firm and possible offers announced in 2019.

For the purposes of this update we analysed the period between 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020 (Q1 2020). While comparisons have been made to the corresponding period in 2019 (1 January 2019 to 31 March 2019) and with the preceding quarter (1 October 2019 to 31 December 2019), definitive conclusions can only be made on the completion of the full year trend report of 2020.

We reviewed a total of 19 transactions that were subject to the Takeover Code: eight firm offers (five for Main Market companies and three for AIM companies) and 11 possible offers, made up of seven possible offers (five for Main Market companies and two for AIM companies), three formal sale processes (FSP) (for three Main Market companies) and one strategic review (AIM company).

The percentages included in this report have been rounded up or down to whole numbers, as appropriate. Accordingly, the percentages may not in aggregate add up to 100%. Deal values have been rounded to the

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