Europe’s technology industry saw a rise of 16.1% in overall deal activity during Q4 2020, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.
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A total of 1368 deals worth $104.25bn were announced for the region during Q4 2020, against the last four-quarter average of 1178 deals.
Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in Q4 2020 with 626, representing a 45.8% share for the region.
In second place was M&A with 589 deals, followed by private equity deals with 153 transactions, respectively capturing a 43.1% and 11.2% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.
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In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe’s technology industry with $85.61bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $13.02bn and $5.62bn, respectively.
Europe technology industry deals in Q4 2020: Top deals
The top five technology deals accounted for 65.5% of the overall value during Q4 2020.
The combined value of the top five technology deals stood at $68.26bn, against the overall value of $104.25bn recorded for the quarter.
The top five technology industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:
1) S&P Global’s $44bn acquisition of IHS Markit
2) The $11.69bn asset transaction with CK Hutchison Holdings by Cellnex Telecom
3) The $5.39bn merger of Nexi and SIA
4) The $4.49bn acquisition of Siltronic by GlobalWafers
5) Advent International and James M. Peck’s private equity deal with Nielsen for $2.7bn.
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.