Private equity exits out of U.K.-based companies have climbed significantly over the last four years, according to the PitchBook Platform. 2013 recorded 145 exits, an almost six-fold increase over 2009's low-water mark of 25. Exit activity has only gone up since that year (up 176% in 2010, 17% in 2011, 23% in 2012 and 45% in 2013).
Strategic buyers in particular have padded their assets with PE-backed companies. 2009 saw only 19 corporate acquisitions, which was more than doubled by 2012's count (51) and tripled by 2013's (63). Secondary buyouts, too, are significantly up in the timeframe. 2010 recorded 36 sponsor-to-sponsor deals, a figure that was almost doubled in 2013 (68).
The B2B industry has been one of the most active industries in terms of exit count. Every year after 2009 has seen an uptick in exits in the industry, including a 360% increase in 2010 (to 23 exits). Exits from commercial services companies, in particular, were pronounced in 2013, more than doubling from 13 in 2012 to 27 last year.
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