Total metals & mining industry M&A deals in Q4 2020 worth $5.17bn were announced in Australia, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 840% over the previous quarter and a rise of 278.1% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $1.37bn.

Australia held a 27.3% share of the global metals & mining industry M&A deal value that totalled $18.94bn in Q4 2020.

In terms of deal activity, Australia recorded 75 deals during Q4 2020, marking a drop of 37% over the previous quarter and a drop of 3.9% over the last four-quarter average.

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By GlobalData

Australia metals & mining industry M&A deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five metals & mining industry M&A deals accounted for 90.4% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five metals & mining M&A deals stood at $4.67bn, against the overall value of $5.17bn recorded for the month.

The top five metals & mining industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Northern Star Resources‘ $4.11bn acquisition of Saracen Mineral Holdings

2) The $175m acquisition of Altura Lithium Operations by Pilbara Minerals

3) Aurelia Metals’ $148.81m acquisition of Dargues Gold Mine

4) The $132.08m asset transaction with Downer EDI by MACA

5) YGH Australia Investment’s asset transaction with Sheffield Resources for $98.12m.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.