Europe’s consumer industry saw a rise of 3.8% in overall deal activity during Q4 2020, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 406 deals worth $24.39bn were announced for the region during Q4 2020, against the last four-quarter average of 391 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q4 2020 with 211, representing a 52% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with 109 deals, followed by private equity deals with 86 transactions, respectively capturing a 26.9% and 21.2% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, private equity was the leading category in Europe’s consumer industry with $12.7bn, while M&A and venture financing deals totalled $10.61bn and $1.08bn, respectively.

Europe consumer industry deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 66.3% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $16.17bn, against the overall value of $24.39bn recorded for the quarter.

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

1) Mohsin Issa, TDR Capital and Zuber Issa’s $8.77bn private equity deal with Asda Stores

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

3) Moncler‘s $1.39bn acquisition of Stone Island

4) The $1.33bn acquisition of Lottomatica Scommesse and Lottomatica Videolot Rete by Gamenet Group

5) Croda International’s acquisition of Iberchem for $972.92m.

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.