North America’s packaging industry saw a drop of 14.3% in overall deal activity during Q4 2019, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 30 deals worth $735.04m were announced for the region during Q4 2019, against the last four-quarter average of 35 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q4 2019 with 19, representing a 63.3% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with seven deals, followed by private equity deals with four transactions, respectively capturing a 23.3% and 13.3% 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 $715.34m, followed by venture financing deals totalled $19.7m.

North America packaging industry deals in Q4 2019: Top deals

The top five packaging deals accounted for 97.3% of the overall value during Q4 2019.

The combined value of the top five packaging deals stood at $715.5m, against the overall value of $735.04m recorded for the quarter.

The top five packaging industry deals of Q4 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Pixelle Specialty Solutions’ $400m asset transaction with Verso

2) The $180m asset transaction with Transcontinental by Hood Packaging

3) Cascades’ $93m acquisition of Greenpac Holding

4) The $42.2m asset transaction with Cheringal Associates, Norwood and Printing by Winpak

5) SC Launch’s venture financing of tForm for $0.3m.

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.