Total packaging industry M&A deals in Q1 2020 worth $2.36bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 53.2% over the previous quarter and a drop of 44.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $4.25bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $965.75m. At the country level, France topped the list in terms of deal value at $900m.

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 2020 was the US with 30 deals, followed by the UK with six and France with five.

In 2020, as of the end of Q1 2020, packaging M&A deals worth $2.36bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 68.1% year on year.

Packaging industry M&A deals in Q1 2020: Top deals

The top five packaging industry M&A deals accounted for 85.01% of the overall value during Q1 2020.

The combined value of the top five packaging M&A deals stood at $2.01bn, against the overall value of $2.36bn recorded for the month.

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

1) Silgan Holdings’ $900m asset transaction with Albea Beauty Holdings

2) The $522.41m acquisition of Santher Fabrica de Papel Santa Therezinha by H&PC Brazil Participacoes

3) Graphic Packaging Holding’s $250m acquisition of Graphic Packaging International Partners

4) The $238m asset transaction with Empire Packing Company, L.P by JBS USA

5) Clarus’ acquisition of S.K.B. for $96.93m.

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.