Total packaging industry M&A deals in Q1 2019 worth $6.76bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 37.2% over the previous quarter and a drop of 2.5% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $6.93bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $6.43bn. At the country level, the UK topped the list in terms of deal value at $6.35bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for packaging industry 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 Q1 2019 was the US with 26 deals, followed by the UK with seven and France with three.

In 2019, as of the end of Q1 2019, packaging M&A deals worth $6.76bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 536.6% year on year.

Packaging industry M&A deals in Q1 2019: Top deals

The top five packaging industry M&A deals accounted for 98.4% of the overall value during Q1 2019.

The combined value of the top five packaging industry M&A deals stood at $6.64bn, against the overall value of $6.76bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced packaging industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q1 2019 was Berry Global Group’s $5.76bn acquisition of RPC Group.

In second place was the $585m asset transaction with DS Smith by Liqui-Box and in third place was Valmet‘s $128.27m acquisition of GL&V.

The $101.72m acquisition of Carton de Colombia by Smurfit Kappa Group and Kokusai Pulp & Paper’s acquisition of Spicers for $64.52m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.