1. Deals Analysis
March 31, 2020

Retail industry M&A deals in February 2020 total $903.3m in US

Total retail industry M&A deals in February 2020 worth $903.3m were announced in the US, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 118.6% over the previous month and a drop of 53.3% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.94bn.

The US held a 44.1% share of the global retail industry M&A deal value that totalled $2.05bn in February 2020.

In terms of deal activity, the US recorded 31 deals during February 2020, marking a decrease of 6.9% over the previous month and a rise of 24% over the 12-month average.

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The US retail industry M&A deals in February 2020: Top deals

The top three retail industry M&A deals accounted for 100% of the overall value during February 2020.

The combined value of the top three retail M&A deals stood at $882m, against the overall value of $903.3m recorded for the month.

The top three retail industry deals of February 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Berkshire Hathaway’s $549m acquisition of The Kroger

2) The $252m acquisition of Personalizationmall.Com by 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

3) Authentic Brands Group, Brookfield Property Partners and Simon Property Group’s $81m acquisition of Forever 21

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.