1. Deals Analysis
May 10, 2021

Consumer industry M&A deals total $15.58bn in North America in Q1 2021

Total consumer industry M&A deals worth $15.58bn were announced in North America in Q1 2021, led by Hormel Foods’ $3.35bn asset transaction with The Kraft Heinz, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 13.3% over the previous quarter and a rise of 45.6% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $10.7bn.

North America held a 71.21% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $21.88bn in Q1 2021. With a 66.36% share and deals worth $14.52bn, the US was the top country in North America’s M&A deal value across consumer industry.

In terms of deal activity, North America recorded 209 deals during Q1 2021, marking an increase of 5.56% over the previous quarter and a rise of 10.73% over the last four-quarter average. The US recorded 179 deals during the quarter.

North America consumer industry M&A deals in Q1 2021: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 68.8% of the overall value during Q1 2021.

The combined value of the top five M&A deals stood at $10.72bn, against the overall value of $15.58bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five consumer industry deals of Q1 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Hormel Foods’ $3.35bn asset transaction with The Kraft Heinz

2) The $3.3bn acquisition of GE Appliances by AB Electrolux

3) Endeavor’s $1.67bn acquisition of minority stake in Zuffa

4) The $1.4bn acquisition of Diamond Resorts International by Hilton Grand Vacations

5) The Estee Lauder Companies’ acquisition of 47% stake in DECIEM for $1bn.

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.