1. Deals Analysis
April 29, 2019

Europe’s consumer industry sees a rise of 7.3% in deal activity in March 2019

Europe’s consumer industry saw a rise of 7.3% in deal activity during March 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 118 consumer industry deals worth $2.63bn were announced for the region in March 2019, against the 12-month average of 110 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in March 2019 with 75 transactions, representing a 63.6% share for the region.

In second place was private equity with 28 deals, followed by venture financing deals with 15 transactions, respectively capturing a 23.7% and 12.7% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

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In terms of value of deals, private equity was the leading category in Europe’s consumer industry with $1.6bn, while M&A and venture financing deals totalled $963.93m and $67.33m, respectively.

Europe consumer industry deals in March 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 79.1% of the overall value during March 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $2.08bn, against the overall value of $2.63bn recorded for the month. The top announced consumer deal tracked by GlobalData in March 2019 was Queensgate Investments’s $1.33bn private equity deal with Grange Hotels.

In second place was the $304.25m acquisition of Keen Reach by Koradior and in third place was ProA Capital de Inversiones, SGECR’s $170.17m private equity deal with Bollo International Fruits.

The $150m acquisition of Biblio Globus by Ionic Invest and Thomas Cook Group and Lewis Trust Group’s acquisition of Mint Velvet for $132.08m 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.