M&A in first half of 2022 for UK tech looks surprisingly strong

Despite stronger headwinds, as inflation and interest rates rise, the impact on deals has been modest compared to 2021 – a record year for UK Tech M&A – says Bristol-based ICON Corporate Finance.

In its Mid-Year UK Technology M&A Snapshot 2022, ICON reports:

  • There were 501 UK tech deals announced in 1H 2022; six percent lower than last year, but six percent higher than 2019 (pre-Covid)
  • Deal volumes in Q2 were actually higher than Q1 (pre-Ukraine invasion), suggesting little evidence of any slowdown
  • Valuations remain punchy at just eight percent lower than last year

The best performing UK-listed Techs are a mix of solid performers like Calnex (which acquired iTrinegy), Netcall, iEnergizer in the booming power sector, and Nanoco.

Nanoco Group PLC (LON:NANO) leads the world in the research, development and large-scale manufacture of heavy metal-free nanomaterials for use in displays, lighting, vertical farming, solar energy and bio-imaging.

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