Deals activity: North America leads in deal value and 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 ($1,410,906m) and YoY growth (12.09%). Europe and South and Central America have also managed to maintain a positive growth, with respective increases of 0.57% and 9.9%. 

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData decreased YoY however in Middle East and Africa (-5.56%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Equity Offering4660502372946.97
Asset Transaction532463106915.04
Debt Offering8201112521-15.35
Private Equity6388366980.41
Venture Financing1505234173.16

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general positive uptick, with acquisitions up 37.81% YoY, mergers down -97.02%, partnerships up a huge 235.35%, and asset transactions up 5.04%. Financing deals have seen a similar positive trend, with venture financing up 173.16% YoY, equity offerings up 46.97%, and private equity up 80.41%. However, debt offerings are down -15.35%.

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 439 deals, while silver has seen only 352.

Note: All numbers as of 15 June 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

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