Recent research from Experian has shown that over the first 9 months of 2012, the number of M&A transactions funded by bank debt has increased by 3.4% – with 22 deals funded by bank debt in the South West alone!
However, there was an overall decrease in the number of M&A transactions across the UK. Only 3 regions in the UK saw an increase in number of transactions, including the South West, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
In the South West, there were 476 deals during the 9 month period with a total value of £52.7bn. This is compared with 433 deals with a total value of £23.4bn for the same period last year.