Total metals & mining industry M&A deals worth $1.61bn were announced in North America in March 2021, led by First Majestic Silver’s $570m acquisition of Jerritt Canyon Gold, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 317.6% over the previous month of $385.55m and a rise of 27.8% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.26bn.

North America held an 80.10% share of the global metals & mining industry M&A deal value that totalled $2.01bn in March 2021. With a 79.60% share and deals worth $1.6bn, Canada was the top country in North America’s M&A deal value across metals & mining industry.

In terms of M&A deal activity, North America recorded 68 deals during March 2021, marking a decrease of 8.11% over the previous month and a drop of 10.53% over the 12-month average. Canada recorded 62 deals during the month.

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North America metals & mining industry M&A deals in March 2021: Top deals

The top five metals & mining industry M&A deals accounted for 92.5% of the overall value during March 2021.

The combined value of the top five metals & mining deals stood at $1.49bn, against the overall value of $1.61bn recorded for the month.

The top five metals & mining industry M&A deals of March 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) First Majestic Silver’s $570m acquisition of Jerritt Canyon Gold

2) The $311m acquisition of GT Gold by Newmont

3) Wheaton Precious Metals International’s $290m asset transaction with Capstone Mining

4) The $274.4m acquisition of Battle North Gold by Evolution Mining

5) Equinox Gold’s asset transaction with Orion Mine Finance and Premier Gold Mines for $40.03m.