1. Deals Analysis
November 27, 2019

Retail industry M&A deals in Q3 2019 total $17.22bn globally

Total retail industry M&A deals in Q3 2019 worth $17.22bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 147.4% over the previous quarter and a rise of 132.8% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $7.41bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $9.73bn. At the country level, The Netherlands topped the list in terms of deal value at $7.02bn.

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

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q3 2019 was the US with 70 deals, followed by Japan with 23 and the UK with 20.

In 2019, as of the end of Q3 2019, retail M&A deals worth $30.44bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 43.4% year on year.

Retail industry M&A deals in Q3 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 76.8% of the overall value during Q3 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $13.23bn, against the overall value of $17.22bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of Q3 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique’s $7.02bn acquisition of GrandVision

2) The $3.72bn acquisition of Zozo by Yahoo Japan

3) Marks and Spencer Group’s $989.28m acquisition of Ocado Retail

4) The $750.37m acquisition of Vitamin Shoppe by Liberty Tax

5) Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV’s acquisition of Jetro Restaurant Depot for $750m.

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.