Japan’s technology industry saw a drop of 5.3% in overall deal activity during Q4 2020, when compared with the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 161 deals worth $4.29bn were announced in Q4 2020, compared to the last four-quarter average of 170 deals.

Venture financing was the leading category in the quarter with 84 deals which accounted for 52.2% of all deals.

In second place was M&A with 66 deals, followed by private equity with 11 transactions, respectively accounting for 41% and 6.8% of overall deal activity in the country’s technology industry during the quarter.

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In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading deal category in Japan’s technology industry with total deals worth $3.96bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $300.69m and $28.83m, respectively.

Japan technology industry deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five technology deals accounted for 87.3% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five technology deals stood at $3.74bn, against the overall value of $4.29bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) The $3.1bn merger of Line and Shiodome Z Holdings

2) The $216.48m acquisition of SNK by Electronic Gaming Development

3) SBI Holdings’ $183.67m acquisition of Medical Data Vision

4) The $148.41m acquisition of Japan Systems by JSL Holdings

5) Media Do Holdings’ acquisition of Nagisa for $94.8m.

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.