In a quarter that looked otherwise promising for global mining, the industry recorded the lowest number of M&A transactions in many years. Only 14 transactions were recorded worldwide, a drop of 46 percent quarter-over-quarter. Deal value plunged 58 percent. Yet both the TSX/S&P Global Gold Index (+7 percent) and Global Mining Index (+3 percent) rose for the first time in three quarters. The gold price was flat during the quarter, while the copper price ended 5 percent lower.
Canada was by far the dominant player in this quiet quarter, representing both major acquirer and major target by a wide margin, and factoring into five of the eight top global transactions. Gold ran away with top commodity, capturing 60 percent of deal value in six major transactions – including the largest.
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