Total payments industry M&A deals in Q4 2020 worth $20.36bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 1872.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 356.5% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $4.46bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $18.38bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $10.04bn.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q4 2020 was the US with 19 deals, followed by Canada with seven and the UK with six.

In 2020, as of the end of Q4 2020, payments M&A deals worth $36bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 51.8% year on year.

Payments industry M&A deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five payments industry M&A deals accounted for 95.9% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five payments M&A deals stood at $19.53bn, against the overall value of $20.36bn 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.