This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Alan Hudson, Head of UK&I Restructuring. On the brink of….a Brexit deal, a general election, a US-China trade agreement, a global recession? We know that uncertainty is a given in 2019. But, the persistent and deepening nature of this uncertainty took UK profit warnings to the brink of … More On the brink: profit warnings highest since the crisis
We’re relaunching the Capital Agenda Blog this autumn with a new editor and new themes. I’m Lee Downham, EY’s new UK&I Markets Leader and I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts – and the thoughts of my colleagues – on how companies can manage capital and transactions in a changing world. ‘Change’ being one of … More Does M&A need to become more ‘purpose driven’?
This week’s blog comes from Alan Hudson, EY Head of UK&I Restructuring In 1999, when EY started to track UK profit warnings, the dot.com boom was full swing, the euro started trading and businesses were preparing for Y2K – the so called “millennium bug”. Two decades and over 6000 profit warnings later, we’ve gathered a … More What can 20 years of profit warning data tell us?
This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Alan Hudson, Head of UK Restructuring. In the last year, we’ve been talking about UK companies issuing the highest number of profit warnings since the global financial crisis. But, in our latest analysis, we’ve had to go back even further to find our reference point. In Q2 2019, … More Where is uncertainty hitting hardest?
This week’s Capital Agenda Blog comes from Matt Bartell, EY UK&I Transaction Advisory Services Life Sciences Leader and Andrew Jones, an Associate Partner in EY UK&I Life Sciences Transaction Advisory Services. Are you merging innovation or submerging value? How do you integrate an acquisition when its value derives not from its physical assets, but from … More Are you merging innovation or submerging value?
How can companies meet the challenge of supply chain disruption? This week’s blog comes from Mats Persson, Head of EY’s International Trade, Economics and Policy Unit Geopolitical uncertainty, new tariffs and even the threat of war in the Middle East dominate the headlines. As we’ve discussed previously, EY’s latest Capital Confidence Barometer Survey (CCB20), shows … More How can companies meet the challenge of supply chain disruption?
This week’s blog comes from Paddy Moser, partner in UKI Transaction Advisory Private Equity. We recently highlighted the continuing attraction of UK assets for corporate buyers – but what about private equity? In this week’s blog, I’ll explore the tension between opportunity and uncertainty for PE buyers in the UK and how it’s affecting deal … More Is the UK still an attractive option for PE?
This week’s blog comes from Richard Harrison Director in our TAS Practice and Ian Marson, TAS Construction Leader and Director in our Transactions practice. Stakeholder confidence is vital to any business, but it is crucial for those reliant on winning and delivering contracts. This is the challenge facing the construction sector, where confidence has been tested by a … More How can the construction sector rebuild stakeholder confidence?
This week’s post comes from Dougald Middleton, Partner in UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. The middle class is shrinking in the UK and in almost every developed economy. The structural drivers that rebalanced employment towards managerial and professional roles are weakening – along with economic growth rates – and this turnaround in fortunes is … More What happens when we lose the middle?
This week’s post comes from Steve Ivermee, Managing Partner, UKI Transaction Advisory Services at EY. This might be a strange, even bizarre question to ask given the uncertainties currently faced by the UK economy and – by extension – UK companies. But, our latest Global Capital Confidence Barometer has two really striking UK headlines. For … More Could the UK become a hotbed of M&A in 2019?