Total consumer industry M&A deals in December 2020 worth $12.37bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 47.6% over the previous month and a drop of 25.9% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $16.69bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $5.16bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $5bn.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in December 2020 was the US with 81 deals, followed by China with 25 and the UK with 23.

In 2020, as of the end of December 2020, consumer M&A deals worth $172.14bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 27% year on year.

Consumer industry M&A deals in December 2020: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 41.2% of the overall value during December 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $5.09bn, against the overall value of $12.37bn recorded for the month.

The top five consumer industry deals of December 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Moncler‘s $1.39bn acquisition of Stone Island

2) The $1.33bn acquisition of Lottomatica Scommesse and Lottomatica Videolot Rete by Gamenet Group

3) The $1.1bn merger of The HydraFacial and Vesper Healthcare Acquisition

4) The $710m acquisition of FONA International by McCormick &Inc

5) Mohawk Group Holdings and Truweo‘s asset transaction with 9830 Macarthur, Reliance Equities Group and ZN Direct for $556m.

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.