Total pharma industry deals for May 2019 worth $10.66bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 56.8% over the previous month and a drop of 41.7% when compared with the last 12-month average of $18.28bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a drop of 21.9% over the last 12-month average with 107 deals against the average of 137 deals.

Pharma industry deals in May 2019: Top deals

The top five pharma deals accounted for 83.3% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five pharma deals stood at $8.88bn, against the overall value of $10.66bn recorded for the month. The top announced pharma deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was Novartis‘ $5.3bn asset transaction with Takeda Pharmaceutical.

In second place was the $2.2bn acquisition of Peloton Therapeutics by Merck and in third place was Pfizer’s $810m acquisition of Therachon.

The $400m acquisition of Abide Therapeutics by H. Lundbeck and Deyi Capital, Gaoke Xinyi Capital, Gongqingcheng Hanren, Huaxin Century Investment Group, Loyal Valley Capital, Nanjing Gaoke Xinchuang Investment, Qianlong Capital, SDIC Unity Capital, Shiyu Capital Group and Yuansheng Venture Capital’s venture financing of Allist Shanghai Pharmaceutical Technology for $170.83m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.