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April 14, 2020updated 01 May 2020 2:24pm

Payments industry M&A deals in Q4 2019 total $2.36bn globally

Total payments industry M&A deals in Q4 2019 worth $2.36bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 49.5% over the previous quarter and a drop of 87.2% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $18.41bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $1.93bn. At the country level, Italy topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.12bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for payments industry M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q4 2019 was the US with ten deals, followed by the UK with five and Canada with four.

In 2019, as of the end of Q4 2019, payments M&A deals worth $74.59bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 793.6% year on year.

Payments industry M&A deals in Q4 2019: Top deals

The top five payments industry M&A deals accounted for 92.2% of the overall value during Q4 2019.

The combined value of the top five payments M&A deals stood at $2.18bn, against the overall value of $2.36bn recorded for the month.

The top five payments industry deals of Q4 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Nexi’s $1.11bn asset transaction with Intesa Sanpaolo

2) The $452.66m acquisition of Ebury Partners by Banco Santander

3) EML Payments’ $358.84m acquisition of Prepaid Financial Services

4) The $155m acquisition of Accent by HMS

5) Wirecard’s acquisition of AllScore Payment service,LTD for $99.37m.

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.

 

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.

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