Tourism & Leisure industry M&A deals in April 2021
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Tourism & Leisure industry M&A deals total $6.3bn globally in April 2021

28 May 2021

Total tourism & leisure industry M&A deals worth $6.3bn were announced globally in April 2021, led by Daniel Ek’s $2.5bn acquisition of Arsenal FC, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 37.1% over the previous month of $4.58bn and a rise of 120.4% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $2.85bn.

Comparing M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.88bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $2.74bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for tourism & leisure industry M&A deals globally, followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe.

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in April 2021 was the US with 17 deals, followed by the UK with five and Japan with three.

In 2021, as of April, tourism & leisure M&A deals worth $17.32bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 18.8% year on year.

tourism & leisure industry M&A deals in April 2021: Top deals

The top five M&A deals accounted for 87.4% of the overall value during April 2021.

The combined value of the top five tourism & leisure M&A deals stood at $5.49bn, against the overall value of $6.3bn recorded for the month.

The top five tourism & leisure industry M&A deals of April 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Daniel Ek’s $2.5bn acquisition of Arsenal FC

2) The $1.5bn acquisition of Minnesota Lynx and Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball by Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore

3) The $650m merger of Gores Metropoulos II and Sonder

4) The $535.28m acquisition of Big Time Gaming by Evolution Gaming Group

5) Bally’s’ asset transaction with Gaming and Leisure Properties for $308m.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

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. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

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.