Deals activity: North America leads value and growth; silver beaten out by other commodities

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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 most regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value ($1,405,740m) and YoY growth (30.3%). Asia-Pacific and Europe have also managed to maintain a positive growth, with respective increases of 28.93% and 11.25% . 

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData decreased YoY however in Middle East and Africa, with a decline of 12.88%.

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Equity Offering4541422351819.34
Asset Transaction52873810578-7.98
Debt Offering8073882499-12.03
Private Equity6381066260.29
Venture Financing1375227-71.72

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general downtrend, while acquisitions are up 36.9% YoY, mergers are down -65.24%, partnerships down -55.31%, and asset transactions down -7.98%. Financing deals have seen a similar downturn, with venture financing down -71.72% YoY and debt offerings down -12.03%, although equity offerings are up 19.34%. Private equity has seen surprisingly good growth, with a 60.29% increase.

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 risen and remained above silver. In 2020, other commodities saw 1,394 deals, while silver saw 1,401. Other commodites have so far in 2021 accrued 345 deals, while silver has seen only 264.

Note: All numbers as of 06 May 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

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