Deals activity: North America leads in deal value; gold continues sector growth

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Deals activity by geography

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

North America is leading in terms of deal value ($1,404,276m), but its 31% YoY growth has been bested by Asia-Pacific (33%). Europe has also managed to maintain positive growth, with an increase of 5%. 

However, the volume of deals recorded by GlobalData decreased YoY in Middle East and Africa and South and Central America, with the former seeing a decline of 14% and the latter one of 6%.

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Equity Offering4504512330016
Asset Transaction52650010420-30
Debt Offering7962252469-13
Private Equity61049646117
Venture Financing1370221-72

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general downtrend, with mergers down -64% YoY, partnerships down -74%, and asset transactions down -30%. One bright spot was acquisitions, which grew 17%. Financing deals have seen less of a downturn; while venture financing down -72% YoY and debt offerings down -13%, equity offerings are up 16% and private equity has seen surprisingly good growth, with a 117% increase.

Deals activity by sector

The most notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of mining industry deals by sector is the continued strength of gold's growth. Beyond that, having ended last year very close in totals, other commodities are extending a stronger lead over silver than may have been expected. Uranium meanwhile, remains the smallest sector by number of deals. 

Note: All numbers as of 08 March 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Mining Intelligence Centre.

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