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February 19, 2022

Asset transactions increased significantly in the payment industry in H2 2021

GlobalData research tracks asset transactions across the cards and payments sector

By Saywah Mahmood

In the second half of 2021 the number of asset transactions increased significantly by 27.8% from the same period in 2020.

This marks an acceleration in growth from the 7.7% increase in deals that occurred in H1 2021 relative to the same period a year earlier.

During this time, the region that saw the biggest increase in the number of deals was The Asia-Pacific region.

Deals rose by 100% in the region.

From the second half of 2020 to the second half of 2021, the largest regional increase in deals was seen in Europe.

The region saw a 100% increase in deals.

During second half of 2021, asset transactions accounted for 3.3% of all deals taking place in the sector. This represents an increase from the figure of 3.1% in second half of 2020.

GlobalData's deals database is a comprehensive repository that looks at mergers, acquisitions, venture financing, equity offerings, asset transactions, partnerships and debt offerings taking place daily between thousands of companies across the world.

The database details key deal information, such as deal summary, deal rationale, deal financials, parties involved, advisors and deal payment modes.

By tracking the proportion of various types of deals in each sector we can gauge which sectors are seeing growth and where others are struggling.

The highest value asset transaction announced in 2021 (where the deal value was known), is the the planned acquisition of MUFG Union Bank's core regional banking franchise from the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group by US Bank.

The deal is set to be worth $8bn.

GlobalData is the parent company of Electronic Payments International and its sister publications.

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