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March 14, 2019updated 15 Mar 2019 4:55am

Consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 total $7.52bn in United Kingdom

By Carmen

Total consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $7.52bn were announced in the United Kingdom, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 41.8% over the previous quarter and a drop of 25.2% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $10.06bn.

The United Kingdom held an 11.9% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $63.01bn in Q4 2018.

In terms of deal activity, the United Kingdom recorded 86 deals during Q4 2018, marking a rise of 28.4% over the previous quarter and a rise of 16.2% over the last four-quarter average.

The United Kingdom consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 89.7% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $6.75bn, against the overall value of $7.52bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Unilever’s $5.36bn asset transaction with GlaxoSmithKline.

In second place was the $716.5m acquisition of Mabel Topco by The Restaurant Group and in third place was Cola Holdings’ $340.11m asset transaction with Hilton London Kensington hotel.

The $172.8m acquisition of Winnitex, Zhejiang Qing Mao Weaving, Dyeing and Printing by Texhong Textile Group and Pandox(publ)’s asset transaction with The Midland Manchester for $151.99m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.

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.