In the second half of 2021 acquisitions increased significantly by 77.8% from the same period in 2020.
This marks a deceleration in growth from the 225% increase in deals seen from the first six months of 2020 to the same period in 2021.
During this time, the region that saw the biggest increase in the number of deals was North America.
Deals rose by 600% in the region.
From the second half of 2020 to the second half of 2021, the largest regional increase in deals was also seen in North America.
The region saw a 50% increase in deals.
During second half of 2021, acquisitions accounted for 37.2% of deals taking place in the sector. This represents an increase from the figure of 9.8% in second half of 2020.
GlobalData's deals database is a comprehensive repository that looks at mergers, acquisitions, venture financing, equity offerings, asset transactions, partnerships and debt offerings taking place daily between thousands of companies across the world.
The database details key deal information, such as deal summary, deal rationale, deal financials, parties involved, advisors and deal payment modes.
By tracking the proportion of various types of deals in each sector we can gauge which sectors are seeing growth and where others are struggling.
The highest value acquisition that took place in 2021 (where the deal value was known) was the $29.6m acquisition of Cerner by Oracle.
The database states that the rationale behind this deal was as follows: "The transaction will allow Oracle to expand into healthcare and together we will improve medical care for individuals and communities around the world; Oracle intends to maintain and grow Cerner's community presence, including in the Kansas City area, while utilizing Oracle's global footprint to reach new geographies faster."