Deals activity: Middle East and Africa lead YoY; debt offering deals continue to rise

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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 the majority of regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value, but recorded the second-lowest YoY growth in deals volume, at 9%. Asia-Pacific, ranking third in terms of deal value, has also seen YoY change, with deal volumes increasing by 12%.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also increased YoY in Europe (8%), Middle East and Africa (13%) and in South and Central America (10%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deals value ($m)Total deal countYoY change (volume)
Venture Financing158,53317,60073
Equity Offering402,8158,59835
Debt Offering1,146,0162,506-33
Asset Transaction100,3921,848-29
Private Equity332,0601,808464


Licensing Agreement6,62169245

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a 35,240% growth in mergers YoY, while acquisitions are at 2%, partnerships are up 34% and asset transactions are down -29%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with venture financing up 73% YoY and equity offerings up 35%, while debt offerings are down -33%.

Private equity has grown by 464% in number of deals YoY, while the number of grants recorded is up 15%. 

Deals activity by therapy area

A notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of medical industry deals by therapy area is the increase of diagnostic imaging deals.

After remaining relatively steady in 2020, the number of recorded diagnostic imaging deals continues to lead the pack, with 7,953 deals recorded so far in 2021; however, specialised sectors remains a close challenge for the top spot, with 7,440 deals to-date in 2021.

Note: All numbers as of 22 June 2021. 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

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