Number of domestic acquisitions in UK: independent companies & subsidiaries 2012-2019

This statistic presents the number of companies involved in domestic acquisitions within the United Kingdom from the second quarter of 2012 to the second quarter of 2019, divided by independent companies and subsidiaries. The acquisition of an independent company means the purchase of a company in its entirety, whereas the acquisition of a subsidiary means the acquisition of a part of a company. The source specifies that for an acquisition to be included in the results it has to have been a transaction with a value of one million British pounds or greater. As of the second quarter of 2019, there were 99 independent companies and 89 subsidiaries acquired in the United Kingdom.

Number of Independent companies and subsidiaries in domestic merger and acquisitions (carried by UK companies within the United Kingdom) from 2nd quarter 2012 to 2nd quarter 2019**

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Release date

September 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2nd quarter 2012 to 2nd quarter 2019

Special properties

businesses reporting merger and acquisition activity*

Supplementary notes

*The source adds the following information: "Coverage includes all businesses and all industry sectors. The M&A surveys are sampled on a continual daily basis. The population of transactions is identified through a process of scrutinizing the financial press, specialized publications and the Internet (websites specializing in information on mergers and acquisitions and also the websites of businesses regularly engaged in merger and acquisition activity). The M&A surveys are unique as these are not sample surveys. They are categorized as being ongoing census surveys with a threshold cut-off for each transaction of £1.0 million on current price basis. Statutory questionnaires are dispatched to businesses when there is initial evidence, from the press and media sources of information that they have relevant transactions on which to report. The business approached is usually the purchaser." More detailed information regarding methodology can be found here.

** No data is available for the first and forth quarter of 2016, and second and fourth quarter of 2017.

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Statistics on "Mergers and acquisitions in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Republic of Ireland"

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