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May 16, 2022

Technology industry M&A deals total $5.8bn in Europe in April 2021

By Carmen

Total technology industry M&A deals worth $5.8bn were announced in Europe in April 2021, led by SoftBank Group’s $2.8bn acquisition of AutoStore, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 55.3% over the previous month of $12.9bn and a drop of 70.5% when compared with the last 12-month average of $19.53bn.

Europe held an 8.44% share of the global technology industry M&A deal value that totalled $68.35bn in April 2021. With a 4.26% share and deals worth $2.91bn, Norway was the top country in Europe’s M&A deal value across technology industry.

In terms of M&A deal activity, Europe recorded 189 deals during April 2021, marking a decrease of 20.92% over the previous month and a drop of 2.58% over the 12-month average. The UK recorded 64 deals during the month.

Europe technology industry M&A deals in April 2021: Top deals

The top five technology industry M&A deals accounted for 88.9% of the overall value during April 2021.

The combined value of the top five technology deals stood at $5.13bn, against the overall value of $5.8bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry M&A deals of April 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) SoftBank Group $2.8bn acquisition deal with AutoStore

2) The $1.3bn merger of Rotor Acquisition and Sarcos by

3) Leonardo $730.72m acquisition deal with Hensoldt

4) The $167.02m acquisition of Proactis by Cafe Bidco

5) UnifiedPost $134.41m acquisition deal with crossinx

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.

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