1. Deals Analysis
September 30, 2020

Retail industry M&A deals in August 2020 total $5.47bn globally

Total retail industry M&A deals in August 2020 worth $5.47bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 20.4% over the previous month and a drop of 12.8% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $6.27bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $4.05bn. At the country level, India topped the list in terms of deal value at $3.58bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for retail industry M&A deals globally, followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe.

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in August 2020 was the US with 23 deals, followed by Japan with nine and Canada with six.

In 2020, as of the end of August 2020, retail M&A deals worth $42.07bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 40.3% year on year.

Retail industry M&A deals in August 2020: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 85.8% of the overall value during August 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $4.7bn, against the overall value of $5.47bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of August 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Reliance Retail Ventures’ $3.27bn asset transaction with Future Group

2) The $400m acquisition of City Super by Asia Food Growth Fund and China Resources Capital Management

3) Delivery Hero’s $360m acquisition of InstaShop

4) The $356.6m acquisition of VIA Outlets by Algemene Pensioen Groep

5) Dufry’s acquisition of Hudson Group for $311m.

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.