Digital media and ecommerce deals see growth in a slow year for packaging deals

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Deals activity by geography

Packaging industry deals, as captured by GlobalData’s Packaging Intelligence Centre, are down year-on-year (YoY) across all regions.

South and Central America has seen the biggest drop, with the volume of deals down -20% YoY. North America is leading in terms of deals value, but the volume of deals is also down -16% YoY. Asia-Pacific, ranking third in terms of deal value, only saw a drop of -1% in deals volume.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also dropped YoY in Europe (18%) and Middle East and Africa (-16%).

Deals activity by theme

GlobalData’s analysis of packaging industry deals by theme shows that digital media and ecommerce have seen growth in terms of deal volumes year on year, while the number of internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence-related deals has dropped.

In terms of deal value, digital media deals have almost doubled from $16.5bn in 2019 to $27.4bn in 2020. The value of IoT-related deals have increased from $1.5bn in 2019 to $5bn in 2020.

Deals value by theme 20192020
Digital media $16.5bn$27.4bn
IoT $1.5bn$5bn
AI $4.2bn$2.6bn
Ecommerce $747.4bn$637.2bn

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value ($m)Total Deal CountYOY change (volume) 
Asset Transaction7828715968-42%
Equity Offering576620566236%
Venture Financing49980524816%
Private Equity7606624873-36%
Debt Offering1980737383045%

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows huge growth in partnerships (859%) YoY, while mergers and acquisitions are down -61% and -18% respectively, and asset transactions are down -41%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with debt offerings up 45%, equity offerings up 36% and venture financing up 16%. Private equity, however, has seen a drop of -36% in number of deals YoY.

Note: All numbers as of 2 December 2020. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, partnerships and capital raisings.

For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Packaging Intelligence Centre.

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