Total US packaging industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $3.15bn were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 59.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 22% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $4.04bn.

The United States held a 64% share of the global packaging industry M&A deal value that totalled $4.92bn in Q4 2018.

In terms of deal activity, the United States recorded 24 deals during Q4 2018, marking a drop of 17.2% over the previous quarter and a drop of 4% over the last four-quarter average.

US packaging industry M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five packaging industry M&A deals accounted for 100% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five packaging industry M&A deals stood at $3.15bn, against the overall value of $3.15bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced packaging industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Greif’s $1.8bn acquisition of Caraustar Industries.

In second place was the $950m acquisition of Ranpak by One Madison and in third place was New-Indy Containerboard’s $300m asset transaction with Resolute Forest Products.

The $79.81m acquisition of Pollock Paper by Orora and Intertape Polymer Group’s acquisition of Maiweave for $21m 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.