Consumer industry M&A deals in December 2019 total $40.21bn globally

27 January 2020 (Last Updated January 27th, 2020 06:58)

Consumer industry M&A deals in December 2019 total $40.21bn globally

Total consumer industry M&A deals in December 2019 worth $40.21bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 296.5% over the previous month and a rise of 114.1% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $18.78bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $36.06bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $33.58bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for consumer industry M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in December 2019 was the US with 82 deals, followed by the UK with 23 and Germany with 12.

In 2019, as of the end of December 2019, consumer M&A deals worth $241.07bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 11.8% year on year.

Consumer industry M&A deals in December 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 86.1% of the overall value during December 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $34.64bn, against the overall value of $40.21bn recorded for the month.

The top five consumer industry deals of December 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) $26.2bn merger of DuPont Nutrition Biosciences and International Flavors & Fragrances

2) The $4bn asset transaction with Nestle by Froneri International

3) Cineworld Group’s $2.13bn acquisition of Cineplex

4) The $1.32bn acquisition of Orbis by AccorInvest

5) Asbury Automotive Group’s asset transaction with Park Place Motorcars for $1bn.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.


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