Deals activity: North America leads in 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 most regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value,($1,409,746m) and in YoY growth, at 16%. Asia-Pacific and South and Central America have also managed to maintain positive growth of 122.46% and 15.15% respectively.

However, the volume of deals recorded by GlobalData decreased YoY in Middle East and Africa and Europe, with the former seeing a decline of 4.8% and the latter one of 0.56%.

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Equity Offering4660192371851.21
Asset Transaction53109210658-3.36
Debt Offering8200612519-13.68
Private Equity6388367081.51
Venture Financing1505234-11.06

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows very mixed results, with acquisitions up 33.46% YoY, mergers down -96.71%, partnerships up a huge 235.35%, and asset transactions down -3.36%. Financing deals have seen a similar mix, with venture financing down -11.06% YoY and debt offerings down -13.68%, although equity offerings are up 51.21% and private equity has seen a 81.51% 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 has continued to beat out silver in 2021. In 2020, other commodities saw 1,397 deals, while silver saw 1,402. Other commodites have so far in 2021 accrued 426 deals, while silver has seen only 341.

Note: All numbers as of 8 June 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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