Total consumer industry M&A deals in Q3 2020 worth $40.25bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 190.6% over the previous quarter and a drop of 24.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $53.25bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $16.57bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $16.46bn.

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 Q3 2020 was the US with 221 deals, followed by the UK with 46 and Japan with 46.

In 2020, as of the end of Q3 2020, consumer M&A deals worth $109.53bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 28.7% year on year.

Consumer industry M&A deals in Q3 2020: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 45.2% of the overall value during Q3 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $18.18bn, against the overall value of $40.25bn recorded for the month.

The top five consumer industry deals of Q3 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) EP Global Commerce’s $5.85bn acquisition of Metro

2) The $3.33bn asset transaction with Future Group by Reliance Retail Ventures

3) Groupe Lactalis‘ $3.2bn asset transaction with The Kraft Heinz

4) The $3bn acquisition of Les Schwab Tire Centers by Meritage Group

5) Highgate Hotels’ asset transaction with Colony Capital for $2.8bn.

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.