South and Central America sees significant decrease in volume; downward trend across sectors

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Deals activity by geography

Food industry deals, as captured by GlobalData’s Consumer Intelligence Centre, are down year-on-year (YoY) across all regions.

North America and Asia-Pacific are leading in terms of deal value, but also recorded a significant decrease in YoY growth in deals volume at -20% each. South and Central America has also suffered the biggest YoY change, with deal volumes at -53%, however in terms of deals value the Middle East and Africa, down 39% YoY, come last. The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Europe (-34%) .

Deals activity by type

Deal TypeTotal Deal Value ($m)Total Deal CountYoY Change(Volume %)
Asset Transaction107341012358-67
Venture Financing1290888864-42
Equity Offering68091165039
Private Equity659399455013
Debt Offering1972933375984

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows mixed trends, with mergers down -99% and asset transactions down -67% YoY. Venture financing is down -42% and acquisitions are down -30%. Equity offering remains largely unchanged, at a 9% increase YoY. However, private equity deals have seen an increase of 13% and debt offering deals are up 84% YoY. Most notable, however, is the YoY change in partnerships, which are up 5634%.

Deals activity by sector

The most notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of food industry deals by sector is the decrease of deals across all sectors. Consumer goods remained the leading sector by deals volume after several strong years of growth and remains relatively stable. Retail, wholesale, and foodservice saw the largest decline in its total volume, but the sector is still performing steadily compared to the rest.

Note: All numbers as of 18 March 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

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