Total consumer industry M&A deals in Q1 2019 worth $25.98bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 67.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 58.1% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $62.03bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $8.96bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $8.31bn.

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 Q1 2019 was the US with 262 deals, followed by the UK with 76 and Canada with 39.

In 2019, as of the end of Q1 2019, consumer M&A deals worth $25.98bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 65.4% year on year.

Consumer industry M&A deals in Q1 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 29.9% of the overall value during Q1 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $7.76bn, against the overall value of $25.98bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q1 2019 was Sika‘s $2.55bn acquisition of Parex.

In second place was the $1.75bn stake acquisition of Coty by JAB Holding and in third place was Ferrero International’s $1.3bn asset transaction with Kellogg.

The $1.27bn acquisition of Dairy Crest Group by Saputo Dairy and Symrise‘s acquisition of American Dehydrated Foods and International Dehydrated Foods for $900m 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. 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.