Total consumer industry M&A deals in December 2020 worth $5bn were announced in the US, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 30.3% over the previous month and a drop of 27.1% when compared with the last 12-month average of $6.86bn.

The US held a 40.4% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $12.37bn in December 2020.

In terms of deal activity, the US recorded 81 deals during December 2020, marking an increase of 9.5% over the previous month and a rise of 2.5% over the 12-month average.

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

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 65.01% of the overall value during December 2020.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $3.25bn, against the overall value of $5bn recorded for the month.

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

1) The $1.1bn merger of The HydraFacial and Vesper Healthcare Acquisition

2) The $710m acquisition of FONA International by McCormick &Inc

3) Mohawk Group Holdings and Truweo’s $556m asset transaction with 9830 Macarthur, Reliance Equities Group and ZN Direct

4) The $532m acquisition of Green Garden Products by Central Garden & Pet

5) The Hut Group’s acquisition of DermStore for $350m.

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.