Total food industry private equity deals in Q4 2018 worth $105.1m were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 90.2% over the previous quarter and a drop of 92.8% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $1.46bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $90.1m. At the country level, Republic of Korea (South Korea) topped the list in terms of deal value at $90.1m.

In terms of volumes, Europe emerged as the top region for food private equity deals globally, followed by North America and then Middle East and Africa.

The top country in terms of private equity deals activity in Q4 2018 was the United States with 7 deals, followed by France with three and Canada with two.

In 2018, as of the end of Q4, food private equity deals worth $4.7bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 36.2% year on year.

Food industry private equity deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five food industry private equity deals accounted for 100% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top two food private equity deals stood at $105.1m, against the overall value of $105.1m recorded for the quarter.

The top announced food private equity deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Standard Chartered Private Equity’s $90.1m private equity deal with Sunwoo.

In second place was McLarty Capital Partners UK’s private equity deal with Global Bakeries, for $15m.

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.

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.