Total consumer industry M&A deals in December 2020 worth $543.91m were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 85.5% over the previous month and a drop of 54.4% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.19bn.

The UK held a 4.4% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $12.37bn in December 2020.

In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 23 deals during December 2020, marking an increase of 43.8% over the previous month and a rise of 21.05% over the 12-month average.

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The UK consumer industry M&A deals in December 2020: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 92.1% of the overall value during December 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $500.83m, against the overall value of $543.91m recorded for the month.

The top five consumer industry deals of December 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Thrasio’s $269.69m acquisition of Maximo Fitness

2) The $133.39m asset transaction with Pets at Home Group by Linnaeus Group

3) BetMakers’ $41.44m asset transaction with Sportech

4) The $31.2m asset transaction with Arcadia Group and Evans by City Chic Collective

5) Vertu Motors’ asset transaction with Inchcape for $25.11m.

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.