Ecommerce and IoT deals lead the way in a slow start to the 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 the majority of regions.

South and Central America has seen the biggest drop, with the volume of deals down -34% YoY. North America is leading in terms of deals value, but the volume of deals is also down -20% YoY. The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also dropped YoY in Europe (-12%) and Middle East and Africa (-25%).

Asia-Pacific, ranking third in terms of deal value, saw a slight increase of 5% in deals volume.

Deals activity by theme

GlobalData’s analysis of packaging industry deals by theme shows that, although only a couple of months into the year, ecommerce has seen a strong start in terms of deal volumes year on year. This is understandable, as companies have shifted to online operations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deals value by theme 20202021
Digital media $27.5bn$10.3m
IoT $11bn$26.8m
3D printing$3bn

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value ($m)Total Deal CountYOY change (volume) 
Asset Transaction791,7476,104-61%
Equity Offering591,1665,81028%
Venture Financing52,5005,58114%
Private Equity788,7295,13910%
Debt Offering1,994,1283,86763%

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows huge growth in partnerships (5585%) YoY, while mergers and acquisitions are down -97% and -3% respectively, and asset transactions are down -61%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with debt offerings up 63%, equity offerings up 28%, and venture financing up 14%. Private equity, has seen an increase of 10% in number of deals YoY.

Note: All numbers as of 19 February 2021. 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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