Deals activity: YoY deal decline continues; acquisitions lead deals volume

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Deals activity by geography

Pharma industry deals, as captured by GlobalData’s Pharmaceuticals Intelligence Centre, are down year-on-year (YoY) across all regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value, but recorded a YoY decline in deals volume at -12.61%. South and Central America, ranking last in terms of deal value, has also seen notable YoY change, with deal volumes decreasing by -17.53%.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Asia-Pacific (-14.73%), Europe (-0.57%) and Middle East and Africa (-14.22%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Venture Financing260,00619,368113.26
Contract Service Agreement1,86019,173-49.18
Equity Offering976,40117,07839.93
Licensing Agreement754,21814,04723.65
Acquisition 3,757,15111,11771.14
Debt Offering1,794,4057,955-45.30
Asset Transaction439,8416,153-41.19
Private Equity569,0202,673270.20

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a 694.15% growth in mergers YoY, while acquisitions are up 71.14%, partnerships increased with 2.23% change YoY and asset transactions are down -41.19%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with venture financing up 113.26% YoY, equity offerings up 39.93%, but debt offerings down -45.30%.

Private equity has seen 270.20% growth in number of deals YoY, while the number of grants recorded is up 18.80%. The number of contract service agreements recorded by GlobalData has declined -49.18% YoY.

Deals activity by therapy area

The most notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of pharma industry deals by therapy area is the increase of deals in the field of oncology. After recording 3,193 deals in 2020, the sector has witnessed 1,476 deals to date in 2021.

Note: All numbers as of 20 July 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Pharmaceuticals Intelligence Centre.

Latest deals in brief

Partners Group to acquire Pharmathen from BC Partners for $1.9bn

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Ipsen and IRLAB sign $363m deal for Parkinson’s disease therapy

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Kriya raises $100m in Series B funding round to develop gene therapies

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Kintor partners with Fosun to market Covid-19 therapy in India and Africa

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Novo Nordisk to acquire Prothena’s ATTR amyloidosis unit for up to $1.2bn

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Philip Morris agrees to acquire Vectura for $1.45bn

Philip Morris International has made an offer to acquire a contract development and manufacturing organisation Vectura Group for approximately $1.45bn (£1.045bn) to boost its product pipeline development expertise in inhaled treatments.