Total metals & mining industry M&A deals worth $58.84m were announced in Australia in March 2021, with Northern Star (Carosue Dam)’s $13.94m asset transaction with Shannon Resources being the sector’s biggest investment, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 24.7% over the previous month of $78.16m and a drop of 89.9% when compared with the last 12-month average of $584.76m.

Australia held a 2.93% share of the global metals & mining industry M&A deal value that totalled $2.01bn in March 2021.

In terms of M&A deal activity, the Australia recorded 21 deals during March 2021, marking a decrease of 12.50% over the previous month and a drop of 30.00% over the 12-month average.

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

The top five metals & mining industry M&A deals accounted for 73.2% of the overall value during March 2021.

The combined value of the top five metals & mining M&A deals stood at $43.06m, against the overall value of $58.84m recorded for the month.

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

1) Northern Star (Carosue Dam)’s $13.94m asset transaction with Shannon Resources

2) The $13.31m asset transaction with Great Northern Palladium by Red Emperor Resources

3) Vox Royalty’ $8.39m acquisition of Horizon Minerals.

4) The $5.68m asset transaction with Gibb River Diamonds by Burgundy Diamond Mines

5) Firefly Resources’ asset transaction with Forrestania Resources for $1.74m.