Europe’s drinks industry saw a rise of 19.2% in overall deal activity during Q4 2019, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 31 deals worth $30.42m were announced for the region during Q4 2019, against the last four-quarter average of 26 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q4 2019 with 14, representing a 45.2% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with 13 deals, followed by private equity deals with four transactions, respectively capturing a 41.9% and 12.9% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, private equity was the leading category in Europe’s drinks industry with $16.11m, followed by venture financing deals totalled $14.3m.

Europe drinks industry deals in Q4 2019: Top deals

The top five drinks deals accounted for 70.7% of the overall value during Q4 2019.

The combined value of the top five drinks deals stood at $21.52m, against the overall value of $30.42m recorded for the quarter.

The top five drinks industry deals of Q4 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Business Growth Fund’s $10.39m private equity deal with Off-Piste Wines

2) The $2.96m private equity deal with The Bird by Allianz ZB

3) Diageo’s $2.77m venture financing of Montoscar Enterprises

4) The $2.76m private equity deal with Nephin Whiskey by The Davy EIIS Fund

5) Seedrs’ venture financing of The Innis & Gunn BrewingLimited for $2.63m.

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.