Deals activity: YoY decline in South and Central America; private equity deals are up

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Deals activity by geography

Medical industry deals, as captured by GlobalData’s Medical Intelligence Centre, are up year-on-year (YoY) across all regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value, but recorded the second lowest YoY growth in deals volume at 10%. Asia-Pacific, ranking third in terms of deal value, has seen the biggest YoY change, with deal volumes increasing by 76%.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also increased YoY in Europe (33%) and Middle East and Africa (46%), but declined in South and Central America (-5%)

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Venture Financing138,53916,45452
Equity Offering352,5637,991140
Debt Offering1,103,4652,3878
Asset Transaction99,3771,783-13
Private Equity262,0441,66673
Licensing Agreement6,606676115

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a 21980% growth in mergers YoY, while acquisitions are down 65%, partnerships are up 29% and asset transactions are down 13%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with venture financing up 52% YoY, equity offerings up 140% and debt offerings up 8%.

Private equity has grown by 73% in number of deals YoY, while the number of grants recorded is up 24%. 

Deals activity by therapy area

The most notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of medical industry deals by therapy area is the increase of deals in the field of in vitro diagnostics. After remaining relatively steady over the past ten years, the number of recorded deals in vitro diagnostics increased significantly in 2020. This is likely due to demand caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

Note: All numbers as of 03 December 2020. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Medical Intelligence Centre

Latest deals in brief

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Aspen Surgical acquires Protek Medical Products

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GE Healthcare to acquire Swedish start-up Prismatic Sensors

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Qiagen and BioNTech to develop test for head and neck cancer

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Cipla signs licensing agreement with Multi G for Covid-19 test kit

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Medtronic acquires French spinal implant maker Medicrea

Medtronic has completed its friendly tender offer to acquire France-based artificial intelligence-enabled spinal implant manufacturer Medicrea International. In July, the companies signed an agreement for the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Medicrea in a voluntary all-cash tender offer priced at €7 ($7.97) per share. With the completion of the tender offer, Medtronic now owns over 90% of Medicrea’s share capital and voting rights.