Europe’s drinks industry saw a rise of 18.5% in overall deal activity during Q1 2020, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 32 deals worth $20.36m were announced for the region during Q1 2020, against the last four-quarter average of 27 deals.

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Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q1 2020 with 16, representing a 50% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with 12 deals, followed by private equity deals with four transactions, respectively capturing a 37.5% and 12.5% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, venture financing was the leading category in Europe’s drinks industry with $10.13m, while private equity and M&A deals totalled $5.79m and $4.44m, respectively.

Europe drinks industry deals in Q1 2020: Top deals

The top five drinks deals accounted for 75.6% of the overall value during Q1 2020.

The combined value of the top five drinks deals stood at $15.4m, against the overall value of $20.36m recorded for the quarter.

The top five drinks industry deals of Q1 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Comhar Capital’s $5.52m private equity deal with Lakes Distilleryplc

2) The $4.44m acquisition of Tata Global Beverages Czech Republic by Dr. Muller Pharma S.R.O

3) Brad Berman, Nick Duke-Ambridge and William Watkins’ $2.11m venture financing of Dash Brands

4) The $2m venture financing of The Clean Liquor by Lightspeed Management Company

5) Kreaxi’s venture financing of Loutsa France for $1.32m.

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.