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May 11, 2021

US consumer sees a rise of 60% in cross border deal activity in Q1 2021

Led by $4.3bn private equity deal with Nestle Waters North America, the US consumer industry saw a rise of 60% in overall cross border deal activity during Q1 2021, when compared with the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 68 cross border deals worth $12.23bn were announced in Q1 2021, compared with the last four-quarter average of 42.50 deals.

M&A was the leading category in the quarter with 47 cross border deals which accounted for 69.1% of all deals.

In second place was venture financing with 15 deals, followed by private equity with six transactions, respectively accounting for 22.1% and 8.8% of overall cross border deal activity in the US consumer industry during the quarter.

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In terms of value of cross border deals, M&A was the leading deal category in the US consumer industry with total deals worth $5.91bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $5.6bn and $718.9m, respectively.

US consumer industry cross border deals in Q1 2021: Top deals

The top five consumer industry cross border deals accounted for 76.1% of the overall value during Q1 2021.

The combined value of the top five consumer cross border deals stood at $9.3bn, against the overall value of $12.23bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five consumer industry cross border deals of Q1 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Metropoulos and One Rock Capital Partners’ $4.3bn private equity deal with Nestle Waters North America

2) The $3.3bn acquisition of GE Appliances by AB Electrolux

3) Partners Group’s $1.3bn acquisition of Strategic Partners

4) The $204.16m private equity deal with ASV Group by Evergreen Hospitality

5) Charlesbank Capital Partners, Qatar Investment Authority and Vulcan Capital Management’s asset transaction with Eat JUST for $200m.

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