Shaw & Co launches its first 'Shaw Report' which analyses the energy & natural resources sector. It follows the recent publication of the same analysis of the technology, media and telecoms sector.
Shaw & Co, the specialist corporate finance advisory firm, has launched the sixth in a series of 12 in-depth industry reports that offer SME business leaders a powerful benchmarking tool to aid their decision making.
The sixth report covers the Banking, Financial & Insurance Services (BFIS) Sector marketplace and segments over 2,100 businesses with earnings in excess of £1m by size and subsector to track their performance, profitability, debt levels and M&A activity.
"BFIS remains a very high performer in terms of profitability."
Rick Martignetti, Manager - Debt Advisory, Shaw & Co, and editor of the report said: “BFIS remains a very high performer in terms of profitability which provides the perfect platform to reinvest retained profits (or borrow if preferable), scale through acquisition, and be the 'best-in-class', delivering product excellence.
“New fintech and insurtech entrants are disrupting established market players that must now adopt digital transformation to remain competitive. Unfortunately, SMEs are generally unaware of alternative growth funding options, including those with repayment terms of greater than 3-5 years. This leads to them using their own equity to fund growth or, sadly, abandoning growth initiatives completely.
“In terms of M&A then activity is buoyant with strong buyer appetite across most sectors. Although Covid-19 has hit some businesses hard, others have seen a strong boost in activity. In either case, the pandemic does not appear in general to have dented M&A activity and if anything, there appears to be a pent-up demand.”
A full copy of the report is available for free download here.
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