Total consumer industry M&A deals in December 2019 worth $353.35m were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 17.8% over the previous month and a drop of 75.4% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.44bn.

The UK held a 0.9% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $40.21bn in December 2019.

In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 23 deals during December 2019, marking a decrease of 8% over the previous month and a drop of 14.8% over the 12-month average.

The UK consumer industry M&A deals in December 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 94.4% of the overall value during December 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $333.51m, against the overall value of $353.35m recorded for the month.

The top five consumer industry deals of December 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Twenty14 Holdings’ $144.49m asset transaction with Galliard Homes

2) The $66.64m acquisition of Findel Education by Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation

3) Focusrite’s $51.32m acquisition of Martin Audio

4) The $41.63m asset transaction with Fraser Hart by Watches Of Switzerland Group

5) Marshall Motor’s asset transaction with Jardine Motors Group UK for $29.43m.

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.