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Chris Cradock | July 10 2019

An Airbus for Armoured Vehicles: Can the European Armoured Vehicle Conundrum be Solved?

Despite a large number of procurement opportunities, Europe’s armoured vehicle sector is over-supplied to an almost ludicrous degree. In a sector which screams for consolidation in order to remain competitive, do recent commercial developments and mergers within France, Germany and the UK plot a..

Chris Cradock | June 12 2019

“Ready for Take-Off?…Where’s the Pilot?!” The Pilot Shortage & Airlines

Items such as record orders for new planes, expanding airports, airlines struggling and the environmental cost of the growing popularity of air travel are most frequently in the news when attention turns to aviation. But there is a less well known and understood issue that threatens to influence..

Chris Cradock | May 29 2019

Balancing Your Pathways to Growth: Organic, Acquisition or Both?

Does Organic and Acquisition Strategy Mix?Both!” is the obvious answer most companies would give to the question posed in the title. Who doesn’t want to have a business that combines the strength of a demonstrably successful business model that outperforms its competitors in the market along..

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Chris Cradock | May 23 2019

Steps to Growth through Successful Acquisitions

Having discussed in a previous note the importance of strategic thinking before looking for acquisition targets as well as the necessity of ensuring that acquisition strategy is aligned with plans for organic growth, we take a look now at the actual acquisition process itself and the important..

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Chris Cradock | May 8 2019

Growth by Acquisition: Why Follow the Path of Growth through Acquisition in the First Place

Opting for growing your business by acquisition as opposed to or, in the majority of cases, in parallel with organic growth offers a number of advantages for businesses. While the advantages of a ‘big leap’ are obvious and in some ways superficial, as we will go on to discuss, the promise of..

Chris Cradock | January 26 2019

Growth by Acquisition: How to Identify Potential Acquisition Targets

Growth by acquisition is an ambition harboured by many businesses, large and small alike, but how to start? What’s the best way to identify potential acquisition targets in a way that improves the chances of ultimately converting a value-enhancing, strategically relevant business?

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Chris Cradock | January 21 2019

Victanis assists Marlowe plc in its successful acquisition of William Martin Compliance Ltd

Victanis assists Marlowe plc in its successful acquisition of William Martin Compliance, the market-leading provider of compliance services and management software to the commercial property sector.

Chris Cradock | November 10 2018

Aerospace Q3 Company Reporting Round-Up: Civil Aftermarket and US Defence see Strong Momentum

As is usual at this time of year, a number of key aerospace businesses reported on their situation in the third quarter of 2018 over the past two weeks. We have taken the opportunity, not to go through their numbers or even measure their performance individually, but instead (for the sake of..

Chris Cradock | October 24 2018

Harris-L3 and TransDigm-Esterline: Significant Mergers in Defence and Aerospace

This month saw the announcement of two proposed deals in the US that hold significance for the defence and aerospace supply base, especially but not confined to the US. The merger of L3 and Harris promises a $10 billion giant in defence communications and electronics, while the acquisition of ..

Chris Cradock | October 19 2018

European Naval Developments and Commercial Options: All at Sea

Structural change is an unavoidable reality for European national champions in naval shipbuilding. While the market opportunity both in Europe and in the wider world has not been as helpful for some time, longer term consolidation poses significant challenges and changes which in turn will..

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