Total consumer industry M&A deals in May 2019 worth $18.25bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 8.4% over the previous month and a drop of 3.2% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $17.68bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $10.56bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $6.04bn.

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 May 2019 was the US with 84 deals, followed by the UK with 24 and Canada with 16.

In 2019, as of the end of May 2019, consumer M&A deals worth $65.91bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 54.8% year on year.

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

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 57.5% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $10.49bn, against the overall value of $18.25bn recorded for the month. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was Natura Cosmeticos’ $3.7bn acquisition of Avon Products.

In second place was the $2.24bn acquisition of B & B Hotels by The Goldman Sachs Group and in third place was NASCAR Media Group’s $2bn acquisition of International Speedway.

The $1.37bn acquisition of Harry’s by Edgewell Personal Care and THE GB FOODS’s acquisition of Continental Foods Europe for $1.19bn held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.