Total consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2020 worth $55.76bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 19.2% over the previous quarter and a rise of 13% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $49.81bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $22.55bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $19.75bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for consumer industry M&A deals globally, followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe.

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q4 2020 was the US with 247 deals, followed by China with 64 and the UK with 61.

In 2020, as of the end of Q4 2020, consumer M&A deals worth $172.14bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 27% year on year.

Consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 34.5% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $19.25bn, against the overall value of $55.76bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five consumer industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

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

2) The $3.69bn acquisition of William Hill by Caesars Entertainment

3) Taobao China Holding’s $3.61bn acquisition of A-Rt Retail Holding

4) The $3.2bn acquisition of Morton Salt by Stone Canyon Industries Holdings

5) Indigo GlamourLimited’s acquisition of CAR for $2.16bn.

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.