Total packaging M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $4.92bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 61.3% over the previous quarter and a drop of 35.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $7.62bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $3.63bn. At the country level, the United States topped the list in terms of deal value at $3.15bn.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q4 2018 was the United States with 24 deals, followed by Canada with six and the United Kingdom with five.

In 2018, as of the end of Q4, packaging M&As worth $27.71bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 24.1% year on year.

Packaging M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five packaging M&A deals accounted for 75.8% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five packaging M&A deals stood at $3.73bn, against the overall value of $4.92bn recorded for the quarter.

The top announced packaging M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Greif’s $1.8bn acquisition of Caraustar Industries.

In second place was One Madison’s acquisition of Ranpak for $950m and in third place was Mercer International’s $362.72m acquisition of Daishowa-Marubeni International.

Mayr-Melnhof Karton’s $317.34m acquisition of TANN Group and New-Indy Containerboard’s asset transaction with Resolute Forest Products for $300m 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.

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.