Europe’s consumer industry saw a drop of 21.21% in deal activity during April 2021, when compared with the last 12-month average, led by Daniel Ek’s $2.5bn acquisition of Arsenal FC, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 78 consumer industry deals worth $5.2bn were announced for the region in April 2021, against the 12-month average of 99 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in April 2021 with 40 transactions, representing a 51.3% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with 24 deals, followed by private equity deals with 14 transactions, respectively capturing a 30.8% and 18% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe’s consumer industry with $3.98bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $961.93m and $237.89m, respectively.

Europe consumer industry deals in April 2021: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 89.05% of the overall value during April 2021.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $4.61bn, against the overall value of $5.2bn recorded for the month.

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

1) Daniel Ek’s $2.5bn acquisition of Arsenal FC

2) The $934m acquisition deal with SECNA Natural Ingredients Group by Chr. Hansen Natural Colors

3) Eurazeo’s $493.16m private equity deal with Aroma Zone

4) The $461.92m private equity deal with The Grand Group by FAM

5) S.A.U and Lopesan Touristik’s acquisition of IFA Hotel & Touristik for $221.34m.