Direct Investments

Mercia top of the charts for active regional investors

Data published by the research investment platform Beauhurst, analysing the most active equity investors in the UK high-growth companies in 2020 has placed Mercia Asset Management at the top of the most active investors across the Midlands and the North of England, its core regions of focus.

The note released last week by Beauhurst also assessed the changes in investment levels by region pre – and post-COVID. The North suffered the greatest drop according to Beauhurst with investment levels dropping 20% compared to 2019.

But it wasn’t all bad news for the North as the North East actually saw an increase of 8%.

Between January and November 2020, of the 195 equity deals made into high growth companies in the North, circa 13% (26) of them were completed by Mercia. Meanwhile in the Midlands, Mercia accounted for 17 out of 70, circa 24%, of equity deals completed.

For more detail on our investment activity across venture, debt and private equity please refer to our recent newsletter and our interim results.

Mark Payton, CEO of Mercia Asset Management said “The update from Beauhurst shows just how hard our investment teams have worked in this remote environment during 2020 sourcing exciting investment opportunities and transacting deals in many cases entirely virtually. This activity is almost doubled when combined with our investments from our debt team.

At a time when many venture and private equity houses have stood still, I am immensely proud of our teams and how we have created new ways to originate deal flow and support our portfolio. In addition, we have completed four exits in the last six months alone. This is a great achievement and a great foundation for 2021 as we embark on our next stage of growth”