Total metals & mining industry cross border M&A deals worth $1.63bn were announced globally in December 2020, led by Sandvik’s $1.15bn acquisition of DSI Underground, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 20.1% over the previous month of $2.04bn and a drop of 6.3% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $1.74bn.

Comparing cross border M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $1.18bn. At the country level, the Germany topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.15bn.

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In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for metals & mining industry cross border M&A deals globally, followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe.

The top country in terms of cross border M&A deals activity in December 2020 was Canada with five deals, followed by the US with five and Australia with three.

In 2020, as of December, metals & mining cross border M&A deals worth $20.02bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 28.8% year on year.

metals & mining industry cross border M&A deals in December 2020: Top deals

The top five cross border M&A deals accounted for 95.2% of the overall value during December 2020.

The combined value of the top five metals & mining cross border M&A deals stood at $1.55bn, against the overall value of $1.63bn recorded for the month.

The top five metals & mining industry cross border M&A deals of December 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Sandvik’s $1.15bn acquisition of DSI Underground

2) The $225m acquisition of Greenstone Gold Mines GP by Orion Mine Finance

3) Chijin International (HK)’s $105m asset transaction with Resolute Mining

4) The $36.69m acquisition of SBQ Steels by Liberty House Group

5) Hargreaves Raw Material Services’ asset transaction with Hargreaves Services for $32.28m.