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Following the recent acquisition of Rotherham-based firm Pyronix, David Pattison, Plimsoll’s chief analyst, believes now may be the time for some in the market to acquire
The new Plimsoll Acquisition Study into security industry provides an in-depth analysis of leading players in the market

A new acquisition study from market analysts Plimsoll Publishing Ltd has named which of the UK’s largest security firms are highly attractive takeover targets.

Takeover targets

The study, which analyses the UK’s largest 1327 companies, warns that a combination of stock piling cash, low interest rates and ageing directors has left these companies open for acquisition as the sector consolidates, evolves and starts to prosper again.

Following the recent acquisition of Rotherham-based firm Pyronix, David Pattison, Plimsoll’s Chief Analyst, believes now may be the time for some in the market to acquire.

Pattison said, “These businesses named as highly attractive takeover targets are showing classic acquisition criteria. They are all declining in financial strength, many have an aging board and some are still privately owned. Given the circumstances, it’s quite possible that perhaps some of the directors will be looking to retire or even consider a sale.

“With these findings in mind it will be no surprise that we will see more acquisition activity. Let’s also remember an acquisition should not be seen as a negative thing, it’s an opportunity for both the buyer and the seller – the buyers get to take on a new business and invest, the sellers get to belong to a new company and get a whole new future.”

Attractive acquisition prospects

As such, the new study includes a regional analysis whereby it states which area of the country has the most attractive acquisition prospects.

Location No. of Prospects
East Midlands 10
Essex 17
North East 8
North West / North Wales 31
Northern Home Counties 84
Northern Ireland 7
Preston Conurbation 3
Scotland 18
South East 13
South Midlands 15
South Wales 7
South West 26
Southern home Counties 53
Thames Valley 30
West Midlands 22
Yorkshire 65

The new Plimsoll Acquisition Study into the Security industry provides an in-depth industry analysis of the leading players in the market. The report contains a valuation, acquisition attractiveness score and overall financial rating for each company. It is designed to help anyone looking at buying or selling companies to understand the options open to them.


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