Deals activity: South and Central America leads in growth; gold retains lead by sector

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Deals activity by geography

Mining industry deals, as captured by GlobalData’s Mining Intelligence Centre, are up year-on-year (YoY) across almost all regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value ($1,418,020m) but has seen negative YoY growth (-8.87%). Only South and Central America has managed to maintain a positive growth, with an increase of 7.62%. 

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData decreased YoY in Asia-Pacific (-16.97%), Middle East and Africa (-8.26%), and Europe (-3.1%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value ($m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Equity Offering4687932377254.48
Asset Transaction5333231077416.36
Debt Offering8248832534-18.78
Private Equity6392067696.02
Venture Financing1517242199.56

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general positive uptick, with acquisitions up 47.2% YoY, mergers down -59.06%, partnerships up a huge 89.22%, and asset transactions up 16.36%. Financing deals have seen a similar positive trend, with venture financing up 199.56% YoY, equity offerings up 54.48%, and private equity up 96.02%. However, debt offerings are down -18.78%.

Deals activity by sector

The most notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of mining industry deals by sector is the continuing strength of gold. All other sectors have retained their relative rankings by volume from the year before, though other commodities have continued to beat silver in 2021. In 2020, other commodities saw 1,397 deals, while silver saw 1,402. Other commodities have so far in 2021 accrued 484 deals, while silver has seen only 388.

Note: All numbers as of 21 July 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

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