Total technology industry M&A deals in December 2020 worth $2.01bn were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 96.5% over the previous month and a drop of 81.4% when compared with the last 12-month average of $10.81bn.

The UK held a 2.9% share of the global technology industry M&A deal value that totalled $69.81bn in December 2020.

In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 55 deals during December 2020, marking a flat growth over the previous month and a rise of 34.2% over the 12-month average.

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By GlobalData

The UK technology industry M&A deals in December 2020: Top deals

The top five technology industry M&A deals accounted for 95.3% of the overall value during December 2020.

The combined value of the top five technology M&A deals stood at $1.92bn, against the overall value of $2.01bn recorded for the month.

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

1) Cisco Systems Holdings UK’s $729.23m acquisition of IMImobile

2) The $679.29m acquisition of Penguin Portals by ZPG Comparison Services Holdings UK

3) Modern Times Group MTG’s $375m acquisition of Hutch Games

4) The $97.32m acquisition of Glenigan by Byggfakta Group

5) MessageBird’s acquisition of Pusher for $35m.

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.