Global Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Deals in 2021 – Top Themes in the Mining Sector – Thematic Research

Pages: 29 Published: February 04, 2022 Report Code: GDMA-TR-M021AD

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In 2020, the M&A deal value under the mining sector was $61 billion. It grew by more than 80% in the year 2021. In terms of deal volume, the year 2021 recorded a drop of 14%. During the same period, surface/opencast and underground mining accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume. The sub-sector recorded growth of more than 95% in terms of deal value in 2021, as compared to the previous year. All regions except Europe and China reported an increase in deal value in 2021 as compared to 2020.

Overview of the global M&A deals in the mining sector

Overview of the global M&A deals in the mining sector

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What are the market dynamics in the mining sector?

Batteries are a critical technology for the green revolution that we are currently witnessing. The mining of resources – including lithium, nickel, and cobalt – will be critical for the widescale production and subsequent adoption of electric vehicle batteries. Battery producers, component makers, and battery implementers may increasingly look to vertically integrate their operations and acquire or partner directly with mines. Mining companies will also increasingly look to use battery technologies for their own operations to aid in decarbonizing and reaching ESG goals. Similarly, digitalization is a broad term encompassing several technologies, including technology themes such as AI, data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other tech themes that aid businesses. Digital technologies can be used to improve health and safety, efficiency, recovery, and productivity for mining companies.

Which are the key regions in the M&A deal activity in the mining sector?

The key regions in the M&A deal activity in the mining sector are North America, Europe, China, South & Central America, the Middle East & Africa, and APAC Ex-China. North America has the highest value of deals in the year 2021 followed by Europe, China, South and Central America, APAC Ex-China, and the Middle East and Africa. All regions except Europe and China reported an increase in deal value in 2021 compared to the previous year.

Global M&A deals in the mining sector, by key regions

Global M&A deals in the mining sector, by key regions

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What are the key sub-sectors in the M&A deal activity in the mining sector?

The key sub-sectors in the M&A deal activity in the mining sector are surface/open cast and underground mining, primary metal manufacturing, mining services, processing, mining equipment. Surface/open cast and underground mining accounted for the largest share of deal value and volume in 2021. The sub-sector recorded growth of more than 95% in terms of deal value in 2021 compared to the previous year.

What are the biggest themes driving global M&A deals in the mining sector?

The biggest themes that are driving global M&A deals in the mining sector include asset management, workplace safety, COVID-19, commodity markets, the internet of things, ESG-environmental. Batteries, digitalization, industry consolidation, climate change, and extraction technology are the top 5 themes that are driving global M&A deals in the mining sector.

Which are the key players driving global M&A deals in the mining sector?

The key players that are driving global M&A deals in the mining sector in 2021 include Rio Tinto, Kinross Gold, Evolution Mining, Newcrest Mining, Northam Platinum, Sibanye Stillwater, South32, Zijin Mining Group, Agnico-Eagle Mines, and Sandfire Resources.

Global M&A deals in the mining sector, by key players

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Market Report Scope

M&A deal value (2020) $61 billion
Key regions North America, Europe, China, South and Central America, the Middle East and Africa, and APAC Ex-China.
Key themes Asset management, workplace safety, COVID-19, commodity markets, the internet of things, ESG-environmental, batteries, digitalization, industry consolidation, climate change, and extraction technology.
Key sub-sectors Surface/open cast and underground mining, primary metal manufacturing, mining services, processing, mining equipment.
Key players Rio tinto, Kinross gold, Evolution mining, Newcrest mining, Northam platinum, Sibanye Stillwater, South32, Zijin mining group, Agnico-eagle mines, and Sandfire resources.

 Scope

  • This report provides an overview of merger and acquisition activity globally in 2021 in Mining Sector.
  • It identifies the themes driving most notable to deals announced in 2021 in the Mining Sector.

Key Highlights

M&A deal value in the mining sector grew by 81% from $61 billion in 2020 to $111 billion in 2021. In terms of deal volume, 2021 recorded 1,502 deals compared to 1,744 in the previous year, recording a drop of 14%. There were 21 billion-dollar-plus M&A deals in the mining sector in 2021, compared to 15 in 2020.

Reasons to Buy

  • Companies who invest in the right themes become success stories; those who miss the big themes end up as failures. If you want to understand the themes that drive an industry, simply look at the list of recent mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
  • In this report we have listed down the most notable deals in the mining sector to make it easy for our clients to get a view of themes disrupting the sector and prepare for the future.

Key Players

Rio Tinto

Kinross Gold

Evolution Mining

Newcrest Mining

Northam Platinum

Sibanye Stillwater

South32

Zijin Mining Group

Agnico-Eagle Mines

Sandfire Resources

Yunnan Investment

Fortuna Silver Mines

Orocobre

Regis Resources

BlackGold Natural Resources

Bentley Systems

Hyundai Heavy Industries

ZCCM Investment

Vedanta Resources

Twin Star

Vedanta Mauritius

Vedanta Mauritius II

Rincon Mining

Great Bear Resources

Ernest Henry Mining

Pretium Resources

Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Mineracao Vale Verde

Atlantic Nickel Mining

Sumitomo Metal Mining

Neo Lithium

Kirkland Lake Gold

Minas de Aguas Tenidas

Sino-Platinum Metals

RoxgoldGalaxy Resources

Independence Group

Tengri Coal and Energy

Seequent

Doosan Infracore

Mopani Copper Mines

Vedanta

Huayou International Mining

Wheaton Precious Metals

OOO Russkaya Energiya

Lithium Americas

China Coal Pingshuo Group Company

Albemarle

Contemporary Amperex Technology

Sustainable Available Innovative (Saitech)

Suzhou CATH Energy Technologies

Jinyuan EP

BHP Western Mining Resources International

Ningbo Zhongman Technology Management

POSCO

Ganfeng Lithium International

GCM Mining

Anglo Pacific Group

Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe

Generation Mining

Vorkutaugol

Millennial Lithium

Pingshuo Industrial Group

Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials

TradeUP Global

AVZ International

Chenyu Mining

Noront Resources

JiaoZuo WanFang Aluminum Manufacturing

First Quantum Minerals

Bacanora Lithium

Gold X Mining

Voisey’s Bay

Dover

Sandvik

Alpine 4 Holdings

Huizhou Yiwei Lithium Energy

Bridgestone Americas

Kostecki Brokerage

Aldoro Resources

Global Lithium Resources

Epiroc

LG Chem

Lithium Royalty

American Lithium

Walcott Resources

79 Resources

Jingmen Gem

Acme Cryogenics

Deswik Mining Consultants

ElecJet

Qinghai Qaidam Xinghua Lithium Salt

Azuga

Alloy Steel International

Meridian 120 Mining

Mining Tag

JCAC Technologies

Nickel and Cobalt Smelter

MetalsTech

Sensemetrics Inc

Quebec

Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology

QMB New Energy Materials

Table of Contents

Global M&A deals in 2021 – Key takeaways

Review of global M&A deals in 2021

Themes driving global M&A deals in 2021

Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

The key regions in the M&A deal activity in the mining sector are North America, Europe, China, South and Central America, the Middle East and Africa, and APAC Ex-China.

 

 

 

The biggest themes that are driving global M&A deals in the mining sector include Asset management, workplace safety, COVID-19, commodity markets, the internet of things, ESG-environmental, batteries, digitalization, industry consolidation, climate change, and extraction technology.

The key sub-sectors in the M&A deal activity in the mining sector are surface/open cast and underground mining, primary metal manufacturing, mining services, processing, mining equipment.

The key players that are driving global M&A deals in the mining sector in 2021 include Rio Tinto, Kinross gold, Evolution mining, Newcrest mining, Northam platinum, Sibanye Stillwater, South32, Zijin mining group, Agnico-eagle mines and Sandfire resources.

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