Total industry M&A deals in Q2 2019 worth $30.08bn were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 19.6% over the previous quarter and a drop of 20.5% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $37.87bn.

The UK held a 4.3% share of the global industry M&A deal value that totalled $697.02bn in Q2 2019.

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In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 654 deals during Q2 2019, marking a drop of 3.3% over the previous quarter and a rise of 3.3% over the last four-quarter average.

The UK industry M&A deals in Q2 2019: Top deals

The top five industry M&A deals accounted for 48.9% of the overall value during Q2 2019.

The combined value of the top five industry M&A deals stood at $14.71bn, against the overall value of $30.08bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q2 2019 was Natura Cosmeticos’ $3.7bn acquisition of Avon Products.

In second place was the $3.5bn asset transaction with Refinitiv by Deutsche Borse and in third place was Agapier Investments’ $2.83bn stake acquisition of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.

The $2.68bn asset transaction with ConocoPhillips by Chrysaor Holdings and Ithaca Energy’s acquisition of Chevron North Sea for $2bn held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.

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