Total payments industry deals worth $2.9bn were announced globally for July 2021, with the $750m acquisition of PayCertify being the sector’s biggest investment, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 22.6% over the previous month of $3.68bn and a drop of 12.3% when compared with the last 12-month average of $3.25bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 18.46% with 77 deals in July 2021 when compared to the last 12-month average of 65 deals.

In value terms, North America led the activity with deals worth $1.35bn in July 2021.

payments industry deals in July 2021: Top deals

The top five deals accounted for 59.3% of the overall value during July 2021.

The combined value of the top five deals stood at $1.69bn, against the overall value of $2.9bn recorded for the month.

The top five payments industry deals of July 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) PayCertify $750m acquisition deal with Payment Reservations

2) The $261.31m acquisition of 80% stake in Axepta by Worldline

3) VNLIFE Corporation Joint Stock $250m venture financing deal with Dragoneer Investment Group,EDBI,General Atlantic Service Company,GIC,PayPal Ventures and SoftBank Vision Fund 1

4) The $180m venture financing of Soldo Financial Services by Accel,Battery Ventures,Citi Ventures,Dawn Capital,Sunley House Capital Management and Temasek Holdings (Private)

5) Lunar $249.32m venture financing deal with Heartland Financial USA,Kinnevik and Tencent Holdings