North America’s consumer industry saw a rise of 2.02% in deal activity during May 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 202 consumer industry deals worth $7.95bn were announced for the region in May 2019, against the 12-month average of 198 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in May 2019 with 101 transactions, representing a 50% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with 79 deals, followed by private equity deals with 22 transactions, respectively capturing a 39.1% and 10.9% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in North America’s consumer industry with $6.52bn, while venture financing and private equity deals totalled $861.73m and $563.58m, respectively.

North America consumer industry deals in May 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 64.3% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $5.11bn, against the overall value of $7.95bn recorded for the month. The top announced consumer deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was NASCAR Media Group’s $2bn acquisition of International Speedway.

In second place was the $1.37bn acquisition of Harry’s by Edgewell Personal Care and in third place was Perrigo Co’s $750m acquisition of Ranir Global Holdings.

The $550m asset transaction with Bayer by Beiersdorf and Air Canada’s acquisition of Transat A.T. for $438.6m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.