Total packaging M&A deals in January 2019 worth $85.9m were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 94.4% over the previous month and a drop of 96.3% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $2.31bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $80.7m. At the country level, Australia topped the list in terms of deal value at $64.52m.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for packaging M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in January 2019 was the United States with 10 deals, followed by China with two and Germany with one.

Packaging M&A deals in January 2019: Top deals

The top five packaging M&A deals accounted for 100% of the overall value during January 2019.

The combined value of the top four packaging M&A deals stood at $85.9m, against the overall value of $85.9m recorded for the month.

The top announced packaging M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in January 2019 was Kokusai Pulp & Paper’s $64.52m acquisition of Spicers.

In second place was Greatview Aseptic Packaging (Shandong)’s acquisition of Qingdao Likang Food Packaging Technology for $15.4m and in third place was Eastside Distilling’s $5.2m acquisition of Craft Canning + Bottling.

Kunlun Industrial Holdings (Shenzhen)’s $0.78m acquisition of Zhongshan City Share Paper Towel Advertising MediaLimited held the fourth position.

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.

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.