Total payments industry deals for Q4 2020 worth $21.64bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.
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The value marked an increase of 703% over the previous quarter and a rise of 216.6% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $6.84bn.
In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 31.3% over the last four-quarter average with 147 deals against the average of 112 deals.
In value terms, Europe led the activity with deals worth $18.92bn.
Payments industry deals in Q4 2020: Top deals
The top five payments deals accounted for 90.3% of the overall value during Q4 2020.
The combined value of the top five payments deals stood at $19.53bn, against the overall value of $21.64bn recorded for the month.
The top five payments industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:
1) The $9.23bn merger of Nets and Nexi
2) The $9bn merger of Foley Trasimene AcquisitionII and Paysafe Group
3) Syncapay’s $488.42m acquisition of Wirecard North America
4) The $450m acquisition of Lon Operations by Alliance Data Systems
5) GoDaddy’s acquisition of Poynt for $365m.
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.