1. Deals Analysis
May 5, 2021

North America’s consumer industry saw a rise of 10.73% in deal activity in Q1 2021

Led by $6bn private equity deal with Extended Stay America, North America’s consumer industry saw a rise of 10.73% in deal activity during Q1 2021, when compared to the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 431 deals worth $31.08bn were announced for the region during Q1 2021, against the last four-quarter average of 389.25 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q1 2021 with 209 deals, representing a 48.5% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with 162 deals, followed by private equity deals with 60 transactions, respectively capturing a 37.6% and 13.9% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in North America’s consumer industry with $15.58bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $13.62bn and $1.88bn, respectively.

North America consumer industry deals in Q1 2021: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for a 59.9% share of the overall value during Q1 2021.

The combined value of the top five deals stood at $18.62bn, against the overall value of $31.08bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five consumer industry deals of Q1 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Blackstone Capital Partners and Starwood Capital Group’s $6bn private equity deal with Extended Stay America

2) The $4.3bn private equity deal with Nestle Waters North America by Metropoulos and One Rock Capital Partners

3) Hormel Foods’ $3.35bn asset transaction with The Kraft Heinz

4) The $3.3bn acquisition deal with GE Appliances by AB Electrolux

5) Endeavor’s acquisition of Zuffa for $1.67bn.

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.