Deals activity: Equity offerings on the rise; YoY deals volume drops globally 

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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 the lowest YoY decline in deals volume at -2.90%. South and Central America, ranking last in terms of deal value, has seen notable YoY change, with deal volumes decreasing by 34.09%.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Asia-Pacific (43.77%), Europe (33.13%) and Middle East and Africa (43.24%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Venture Financing243,58518,625126.15
Contract Service Agreement1,86019,034978.94
Equity Offering943,77316,695186.12
Licensing Agreement792,02513,77464.63
Debt Offering1,776,2627,90512.28
Asset Transaction433,7586,113-44.82
Private Equity510,7072,58741.55

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a 3152.15% growth in mergers YoY, while acquisitions are up 16.08%, partnerships grew with 4.85% change YoY and asset transactions are down -44.82%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with venture financing up 126.15% YoY, equity offerings up 186.12% and debt offerings up 12.28%.

Private equity has seen 41.55% growth in number of deals YoY, while the number of grants recorded is up 41.42%. The number of contract service agreements recorded by GlobalData is up 978.94% 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 remaining relatively steady over the past ten years, the number of recorded deals in oncology increased significantly in 2020.

Note: All numbers as of 19 April 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.

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