Total metals & mining industry deals worth $2.81bn were announced globally for January 2021, with the $1.5bn acquisition of Mopani Copper Mines being the sector’s biggest investment, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 52.05% over the previous month of $5.86bn and a drop of 40.8% when compared with the last 12-month average of $4.75bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a drop of 46.62% with 79 deals in January 2021 when compared to the last 12-month average of 148 deals.

In value terms, Middle East and Africa led the activity with deals worth $1.53bn in January 2021.

Metals & Mining industry deals in January 2021: Top deals

The top five deals accounted for 85.4% of the overall value during January 2021.

The combined value of the top five deals stood at $2.4bn, against the overall value of $2.81bn recorded for the month.

The top five metals & mining industry deals of January 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) ZCCM Investments Holdings (Kitwe Office)’s $1.5bn acquisition of Mopani Copper Mines

2) The $370m acquisition of Kumas Manyezit Sanayi by Eregli Demir ve Celik Fabrikalari TAS

3) Agnico Eagle Mines ‘ $303.35m acquisition of TMAC Resources

4) The $116.86m acquisition deal of Guizhou Lufa Industrial by Anhui Sierte Fertilizer Industry

5) Eldorado Gold ’s acquisition deal with QMX Gold for $111.79m.