1. Deals Analysis
March 30, 2020

Retail industry venture financing deals in February 2020 total $363.4m globally

Total retail industry venture financing deals in February 2020 worth $363.4m were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 54% over the previous month and a drop of 49.9% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $725.65m.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $238.23m. At the country level, India topped the list in terms of deal value at $190m.

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

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The top country in terms of venture financing deals activity in February 2020 was the US with eight deals, followed by the UK with five and China with four.

In 2020, as of the end of February 2020, retail venture financing deals worth $1.15bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 48.8% year on year.

Retail industry venture financing deals in February 2020: Top deals

The top five retail industry venture financing deals accounted for 84.4% of the overall value during February 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail venture financing deals stood at $306.8m, against the overall value of $363.4m recorded for the month.

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

1) SoftBank Vision Fund’s $150m venture financing of BrainBees Solutions

2) The $65m venture financing of CHRONEXT Service Germany by Capnamic Ventures Management, Endeit Capital, NRW.Bank, Octopus Ventures, Partech Ventures, Slingshot Ventures and Tengelmann Ventures

3) Pidilite Industries’ $40m venture financing of Trendsutra Platform Services

4) The $31.8m venture financing of Pharmacity Pharmacy by Mekong Capital

5) ABS Capital Partners, Causeway Media Partners and Jim Lombardi’s venture financing of SquadLocker for $20m.

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.