Deals activity: South and Central America sees a 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 is leading in terms of deal value, but also recorded a significant decrease in YoY growth in deals volume at -33%. South and Central America has also suffered the biggest YoY change, with deal volumes at -63%, however in terms of deals value the Middle East and Africa, down 42% YoY, come last.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Europe (-44%) and Asia-Pacific (-37%).

Deals activity by type

Deal TypeTotal Deal Value ($m)Total Deal CountYoY Change(Volume %)
Asset Transaction5977768626-53
Venture Financing843745450-51
Equity Offering43005038020
Private Equity429639301118
Debt Offering1072596241086

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows mixed trends, with mergers down -96% and asset transactions down -53% YoY. Venture financing is down -51% and acquisitions are down 13%. Equity offering remanes unchanged YoY. However, private equity deals have seen an increase of 18%, debt offering deals are up 86%, YoY. Most notable, however, is the YoY change in partnerships, which are up 43750%.

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. Comsumer goods remained the leading sector by deals volume after several strong years of growth and remains relatively stable. Retail, Wholesail, and Foodservice saw the largest decline in its total volume, but is still is performing steadily compared to the rest.

Note: All numbers as of 21 January 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Consumer Intelligence Centre.

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