Deals activity: North America extends deals value lead; mergers pull ahead YoY 

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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 YoY decline in deals volume at -10.76%. South and Central America, ranking last in terms of deal value, has also seen notable YoY change, with deal volumes decreasing by -7.08%.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Asia-Pacific (-7.21%), Europe (-5.36%) and Middle East and Africa (-17.19%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Venture Financing264,18419,503103.39
Contract Service Agreement1,86019,215-48.77
Equity Offering991,77417,20927.70
Licensing Agreement767,91914,13511.96
Acquisition 3,772,24411,15728.34
Debt Offering1,800,7707,978-53.49
Asset Transaction440,7126,172-42.60
Private Equity572,3872,704301.62

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a 489.37% growth in mergers YoY, while acquisitions are up 28.34%, however, partnerships decreased with -32.20% change YoY and asset transactions declined -42.60%. Financing deals have increased across some types, with venture financing up 103.39% YoY, equity offerings up 103.39%, but debt offerings deals are down -53.49%.

Private equity has seen 301.62% growth in number of deals YoY, while the number of grants recorded is up 15.95%. The number of contract service agreements recorded by GlobalData has declined -48.77% 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 infectious diseases. After recording 2,424 deals in 2020, the sector has witnessed 1,003 deals to date in 2021.

Note: All numbers as of 17 August 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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