Europe’s consumer industry saw a drop of 15.2% in overall deal activity during Q1 2020, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 380 deals worth $16.61bn were announced for the region during Q1 2020, against the last four-quarter average of 448 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q1 2020 with 229, representing a 60.3% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with 95 deals, followed by private equity deals with 56 transactions, respectively capturing a 25% and 14.7% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

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In terms of value of deals, private equity was the leading category in Europe’s consumer industry with $8.15bn, while M&A and venture financing deals totalled $7.77bn and $679.31m, respectively.

Europe consumer industry deals in Q1 2020: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 59.4% of the overall value during Q1 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $9.87bn, against the overall value of $16.61bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five consumer industry deals of Q1 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) The Blackstone Group’s $6.03bn private equity deal with IQSA Services

2) The $1.42bn private equity deal with Golden Goose by Permira Holdings

3) Royal DSM’s $825.86m acquisition of Glycom

4) The $793.29m asset transaction with Groupe Casino. by Aldi

5) ALDI CENTRALE D’ACHAT ET CIE’s asset transaction with Casino Guichard-Perrachon for $793.29m.

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.