Total payments industry deals worth $38.7bn were announced globally for August 2021, with the $29bn acquisition of Afterpay being the sector’s biggest investment, according to GlobalData’s deals database.
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The value marked an increase of 1133.4% over the previous month of $3.14bn and a rise of 1288.2% when compared with the last 12-month average of $2.79bn.
In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a drop of 1.47% with 67 deals in August 2021 when compared to the last 12-month average of 68 deals.
In value terms, Asia-Pacific led the activity with deals worth $34.74bn in August 2021.
payments industry deals in August 2021: Top deals
The top five deals accounted for 92.5% of the overall value during August 2021.
The combined value of the top five deals stood at $35.8bn, against the overall value of $38.7bn recorded for the month.
The top five payments industry deals of August 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:
1) Square $29bn acquisition deal with Afterpay
2) The $4.7bn acquisition of IndiaIdeas.com by PayU
3) Goldfinch Partners and The Baupost Group $910m private equity deal with The Western Union
4) The $750m venture financing of Chime Financial by Dragoneer Investment Group,General Atlantic,Sequoia Capital Global Equities,SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Tiger Global Management
5) Paysafe Holdings UK $441m acquisition deal with SaftPay
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.