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Metals sector witnesses $27-b mergers and acquisitions deals in 2010
April, 01st 2011

After a lull in 2009, global mergers and acquisitions activity in the metals space is witnessing a resurgence with as many as 188 deals worth $27 billion being announced in 2010.

The metals space is expected to see a sizeable number of global M&A deals in 2011 as well, according to a report by global consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.

As per the report, the total deal value in the metals sector rose to $27 billion in 2010 from $15.1 billion in the previous year. However, while the recovery looks large on year-on-year terms, it is modest compared to the high of $86.4 billion and $144.7 billion reached in the boom years of 2006 and 2007.

What is more, there was no repeat of 2009s $1-billion contribution by Indian buyers to the total deal value instead, Indian purchases dwindled to just $93 million in 2010.

In terms of volume, the number of cross-border deals in the metals space picked up to 188 in 2010 from 129 in the previous year. This translates into a growth of 46 per cent.

The largest deal completed in 2010 was Poscos $2.8-billion acquisition of a controlling stake in trading and resource company Daewoo International, followed by Vale-BRG Resources ($2.5 billion) and Sumitomo-Mineracao ($1.93 billion) deals.

Some of the other major deals were Tangshan-Handan ($1.68 billion), Gerdau Steel-Gerdau Ameristeel ($1.6 billion) and JFE Steel Corporation of Japans acquisition of a $1.02-billion minority stake in Indian steelmaker JSW Steel.

Interestingly, the total value of the top five deals announced in 2010 or early 2011, which are anticipated to be completed during the year, has crossed $17 billion. This indicates a 60 per cent rise in size vis-a-vis the top five deals in 2010 which were worth $10.6 billion.

The report said that pending deal flows indicate this upward trend in deal sizes will become even more evident in 2011.

The upturn in deal activity was felt in all regions. The biggest year-on-year increases came in the developed markets of North America and Western Europe.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the total deal value rose significantly in 2010, but the $11.5-billion total was a long way short of rivalling the $16.4-billion record high recorded in 2008.

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