North America’s packaging industry sees a rise of 23.5% in deal activity in Q1 2020

22 April 2020 (Last Updated September 7th, 2020 07:48)

North America’s packaging industry sees a rise of 23.5% in deal activity in Q1 2020

North America’s packaging industry saw a rise of 23.5% in overall deal activity during Q1 2020, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 42 deals worth $1.41bn were announced for the region during Q1 2020, against the last four-quarter average of 34 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q1 2020 with 34, representing an 81% share for the region.

In second place was private equity with six deals, followed by venture financing deals with two transactions, respectively capturing a 14.3% and 4.8% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in North America’s packaging industry with $737.75m, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $670.95m and $1.27m, respectively.

North America packaging industry deals in Q1 2020: Top deals

The top five packaging deals accounted for 92.8% of the overall value during Q1 2020.

The combined value of the top five packaging deals stood at $1.31bn, against the overall value of $1.41bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five packaging industry deals of Q1 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Clearlake Capital Group’s $639.15m private equity deal with Pretium Packaging

2) The $250m acquisition of Graphic Packaging International Partners by Graphic Packaging Holding

3) JBS USA’s $238m asset transaction with Empire Packing Company, L.P

4) The $96.93m acquisition of S.K.B. by Clarus

5) Graphic Packaging Holding’s asset transaction with Greif for $85m.

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.