Total consumer industry M&A deals in October 2020 worth $18.65bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 20.6% over the previous month and a drop of 10.8% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $16.84bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $11.14bn. At the country level, Australia topped the list in terms of deal value at $6.68bn.

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 October 2020 was the US with 90 deals, followed by the UK with 19 and Canada with 14.

In 2020, as of the end of October 2020, consumer M&A deals worth $137.75bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 29.8% year on year.

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

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 83.7% of the overall value during October 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $15.6bn, against the overall value of $18.65bn recorded for the month.

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

1) Coca-Cola European Partners’ $6.58bn acquisition of Coca-Cola Amatil

2) The $3.61bn acquisition of A-Rt Retail Holding by Taobao China Holding

3) Stone Canyon Industries Holdings’ $3.2bn acquisition of Morton Salt

4) The $1.6bn merger of HIMS and Oaktree Acquisition

5) LMP Automotive Holdings’ acquisition of Atlantic Automotive Group and Atlantic Central Storage for $608m.

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.