Total retail industry private equity deals in Q4 2020 worth $16.7bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 154.9% over the previous quarter and a rise of 398.8% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $3.56bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $10.48bn. At the country level, the UK topped the list in terms of deal value at $9.03bn.

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

The top country in terms of private equity deals activity in Q4 2020 was the US with 18 deals, followed by India with eight and the UK with seven.

In 2020, as of the end of Q4 2020, retail private equity deals worth $28.42bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 53.1% year on year.

Retail industry private equity deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five retail industry private equity deals accounted for 76.6% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail private equity deals stood at $12.79bn, against the overall value of $16.7bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five retail industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Mohsin Issa, TDR Capital and Zuber Issa’s $8.77bn private equity deal with Asda Stores

2) The $1.3bn private equity deal with Reliance Retail Ventures by The Saudi Public Investment Fund

3) Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company’s $1bn private equity deal with LuLu Group International

4) The $869.66m private equity deal with Applegreen by B&J and Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

5) Mubadala Investment’s private equity deal with Reliance Retail Ventures for $847.79m.

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.