Total consumer industry M&A deals in February 2019 worth $7.44bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 13.9% over the previous month and a drop of 64.3% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $20.85bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $3.05bn. At the country level, the UK topped the list in terms of deal value at $2.41bn.

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 February 2019 was the US with 83 deals, followed by the UK with 28 and Australia with 13.

In 2019, as of the end of February 2019, consumer M&A deals worth $16.09bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 72.6% year on year.

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

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 42.2% of the overall value during February 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $3.14bn, against the overall value of $7.44bn recorded for the month. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in February 2019 was Saputo Dairy’s $1.27bn acquisition of Dairy Crest Group.

In second place was the $610m asset transaction with 1 Hotel South Beach by Host Hotels & Resorts and in third place was MilcoProprietary’s $432.24m acquisition of Clover Industries.

The $417.51m acquisition of P&O Ferries by DP World and Nisshin Seifun Group’s acquisition of Allied Mills for $411.25m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.

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.