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Insolvent deals have doubled in a year

Acquisitions of insolvent businesses in the UK have more than doubled over the past year and remain at high levels, according to research into mergers and acquisitions by Experian Corpfin on behalf of insolvency trade body R3.

During the fourth quarter of 2009, 67 out of the 630 deals completed in the UK - one in nine of all deals - involved companies acquired out of administration or other formal insolvency procedures.

During the year as a whole, there were 345 acquisitions of distressed businesses, amounting to one in every eight mergers and acquisitions. This compares to 2008 when there were 159 distressed acquisitions, accounting for one in 27 mergers and acquisitions.

Peter Sargent, R3 President said: “Acquisitions of insolvent businesses have risen significantly and remain high. While pre-pack administrations may account for some of these deals, others will be acquisitions by canny buyers taking the opportunity to pick up bargains while values are low. Either way, these statistics represent businesses being given a second chance of survival.”

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About Experian
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients in more than 65 countries. The company helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2009 was $3.9 billion. Experian employs approximately 15,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; Costa Mesa, California; and São Paulo, Brazil.

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Notes to editors:

  • R3 is the trade body for Insolvency Professionals and represents the UK’s Insolvency Practitioners.

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  • R3 stands for 'Rescue, Recovery, and Renewal' and is also known as the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.