Mining M&A deals over $8.8 billion in Q2 – report

Pit operations at SSR Mining’s Marigold gold mine in Nevada. Credit: SSR Mining

A total of $8.86 billion worth of M&A deals were announced in the metals and mining industry globally during the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest report from GlobalData.

This value represents an increase of 29.1% over the previous quarter and a decline of 14.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $10.35 billion.

Comparing deals value across different regions of the world, Asia-Pacific held the top position with total reported deals in the period worth $4.27 billion. At the country level, Canada topped the list with $2.92 billion worth of M&A deals announced.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for M&A deals in the metals and mining industry, followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe. The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q2 2020 was Canada with 151 deals, followed by Australia with 80 and the US with 42.

As of quarter-end, M&A deals totalling $17.16 billion in value were announced globally, marking a decrease of 39.6% year on year.

Top deals in Q2 2020

The top five metals and mining M&A deals accounted for 59.2% of the overall value during Q2 2020. The combined value of these deals stood at $5.24 billion, against the overall value of $8.86 billion recorded for the period.

The top five metals and mining industry deals tracked by GlobalData were:

  • Vedanta Resources’ $2.15 billion acquisition of Vedanta
  • The merger of Alacer Gold and SSR Mining for $1.78 billion
  • Tibet Zijin Industrial’s $548 million acquisition of Tibet Julong Copper Industry
  • The $460 million asset transaction with Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Fund, Lundin Gold and Orion Resource Partners (USA) by Newcrest Mining
  • Tronox’s asset transaction with Eramet for $300 million.

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