Total consumer industry M&A deals in May 2019 worth $4.15bn were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 415.9% over the previous month and a rise of 223.2% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.29bn.

The UK held a 22.8% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $18.25bn in May 2019.

In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 24 deals during May 2019, marking a decrease of 14.3% over the previous month and a drop of 11.1% over the 12-month average.

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

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 97.9% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $4.07bn, against the overall value of $4.15bn recorded for the month. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was Natura Cosmeticos’ $3.7bn acquisition of Avon Products.

In second place was the $145.51m acquisition of Stride Gaming by Rank BidCo and in third place was Reliance Brands’ $88.55m acquisition of Hamleys Global.

The $78.65m asset transaction with Royal Dutch Shell by London + Regional Properties and Canopy Growth’s acquisition of This Works Products for $54.68m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.