Total technology industry M&A deals in Q3 2020 worth $49.44bn were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 149.3% over the previous quarter and a rise of 601.2% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $7.05bn.

The UK held a 19.2% share of the global technology industry M&A deal value that totalled $257.14bn in Q3 2020.

In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 117 deals during Q3 2020, marking a rise of 31.5% over the previous quarter and a drop of 0.9% over the last four-quarter average.

The UK technology industry M&A deals in Q3 2020: Top deals

The top five technology industry M&A deals accounted for 99.1% of the overall value during Q3 2020.

The combined value of the top five technology M&A deals stood at $49.02bn, against the overall value of $49.44bn recorded for the month.

The top five technology industry deals of Q3 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) NVIDIA’s $40bn acquisition of ARM

2) The $6.8bn merger of Clarivate Analytics (US) and CPA Global

3) The $1.12bn merger of RWS and SDL

4) The $1bn acquisition of OneWeb by Bharti Global, Hughes Network Systems, UK Secretary of State for Business and Energy and Industrial Strategy

5) Boxlight’s acquisition of Sahara Presentation Systems for $94.23m.

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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