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M&A Market Reviews: Logistics and Supply Chain sector

10 February 2022

2021 Q4 Logistics & Supply Chain Sector M&A Update: Record Deal Activity in 2021.

Sector resilience continues after a successful peak trading period.

Deal activity in the logistics sector hit its highest quarterly volume since our research began in 2016, continuing the momentum that started at the end of 2020. The annual volume of deals completed in 2021 also hit a record high, with 66 deals completed at a disclosed deal value of £2.7bn. 

The BDO FTSE Logistics Index presented a 36% increase in 2021, reflecting the sector’s raised profile and increased demand during the pandemic. 

Trade continues to see significant benefit in consolidation, as corporates look to expand value added services, cross-sell and up-sell to customers, and achieve geographic expansion. Meanwhile, investors are targeting growth particularly in international supply chains, tech enablement and e-fulfilment. Deal activity continues to drive accelerated company valuations, as a shortage of quality assets coupled with funding liquidity drives competition.

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