M&A valuations start to rise

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M&A valuations start to rise

Simon Quicke

The prospect for renewed activity in the mergers and acquisition space has been signaled by an increase in valuations of those tech firms looking to sell this year.

According to the latest monthly M&A figures from Regent although there were not too many large deals last month the volume continued to recover, 12% up from December, and the sale prices are starting to head upwards.

"For those companies seeking a sale in 2010, valuations have continued their steady rise as both the trade and private equity buyers are active in seeking growth or extensions to their portfolio," stated the monthly report.

"Acquisition valuations are once again close to their normal relationships with valuations on the public markets," it stated.

The last few weeks has seen some continued acquisitions with yesterday alone seeing Dell pick up KACE and ACS spend £100m for COA.

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