GlobalData records increase in Asia-Pacific deals activity

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Deals activity by geography

Defence, aerospace and security industry deals, as captured by GlobalData, are up year-on-year (YoY) across most regions, with Asia-Pacific seeing the biggest incease in deals.

Looking at all types of deals, North America is leading in terms of deal value, but recorded a slight YoY decline in deals volume at -3%. Asia-Pacific and South and Central America are leading in terms of deal volume, with 41% and 33% YoY growth respectively. YoY growth is up 16% in Europe and down 21% in the Middle East and Africa, respectively. 

M&A snapshot: year-on year-change

Analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) completed in the past 12 months, as recorded by GlobalData, shows a -100% drop in mergers YoY in the aerospace, defence and security industries, with a total of 42 recorded. Acquisitions are down 97% YoY with 2,946 deals recorded, while asset transactions are up 1% with 746 deals.

Deal TypeTotal deal value ($m) Total deal countYoY change, volume
Asset transaction44,3557461%

Deals by theme

GlobalData’s analysis of defence industry deals by theme shows that deals related to the internet of things (IoT) are off to a strong start in 2021 with 182 deals recorded so far. Virtual and augmented reality and robotics are also looking strong with 74 deals recorded in each theme so far. Artificial intelligence and cybersecurity are lagging behind wtih 29 and 21 deals recorded in 2021 so far. 

In terms of deal value, GlobalData has tracked $8.39bn worth of AI-related deals and $8.38bn worth of robotics-related deals in 2021 so far. IoT-related deals tracked by GlobalData have reached a combined value of $2bn this year so far, followed by cybersecurity-related deals at $0.4bn

Deals value by theme 20192020
Internet of things$101bn$43.7bn
VR and AR$1.3bn$34bn
Artificial intelligence$1.48m$10.7bn

Note: All numbers as of 8 March 2021. For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Aerospace, Defense & Security Intelligence Centre.