1. Deals Analysis
April 21, 2020

Retail industry private equity deals in Q1 2020 total $2.54bn globally

Total retail industry private equity deals in Q1 2020 worth $2.54bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 60.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 45.1% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $4.62bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $1.5bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.5bn.

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

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The top country in terms of private equity deals activity in Q1 2020 was the US with 11 deals, followed by the UK with five and Germany with three.

In 2020, as of the end of Q1 2020, retail private equity deals worth $2.54bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 71.9% year on year.

Retail industry private equity deals in Q1 2020: Top deals

The top five retail industry private equity deals accounted for 74.7% of the overall value during Q1 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail private equity deals stood at $1.89bn, against the overall value of $2.54bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of Q1 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Accel and SoftBank Vision Fund’s $750m private equity deal with goPuff

2) The $525m private equity deal with Victoria’s Secret Stores by Sycamore Partners

3) Dragoneer Investment Group and Tencent Holdings’ $250m private equity deal with Farfetch

4) The $191.35m private equity deal with Liaoning Chengda by Guangdong Investment

5) Polaris Private Equity Fund V’s private equity deal with Sogo Medical for $178.63m.

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.