Deals activity: North America leads by value; infectious disease deals are up

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Deals activity by geography

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

North America is leading in terms of deal value, but recorded the lowest YoY growth in deals volume at 7%. Asia-Pacific, ranking third in terms of deal value, has seen the biggest YoY change, with deal volumes increasing by 36%.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also increased year-on-year in South and Central America (31%), Europe (18%) and Middle East and Africa (14%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Venture Financing2084441745536
Contract Service Agreement184317001804
Equity Offering84007815660149
Licensing Agreement6701071323739
Debt Offering1743744778982
Asset Transaction4229626004-48
Private Equity4937442378-32

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a 418% growth in mergers year-on-year, while acquisitions are down 44%, partnerships are down -11% and asset transactions are down -48%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with venture financing up 35% YoY, equity offerings up 146% and debt offerings up 82%.

Private equity, however, has seen a drop of -33% in number of deals YoY, while the number of grants recorded is down -35%. The number of contract service agreements recorded by GlobalData is up 804% year-on-year.

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 infectious diseases. After remaining relatively steady over the past ten years, the number of recorded deals in infectious diseases increased significantly in 2020 to date, most likely due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on activity in the sector.

Note: All numbers as of 20 October 2020. 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

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