Deals activity: Asia-Pacific records highest growth; upstream leads by sector

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Deals activity by geography

Oil & gas industry deals, as captured by GlobalData’s Oil & Gas Intelligence Centre, are down year-on-year (YoY) across nearly all regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value but also recorded the most significant decrease in YoY growth in deals volume, at -11%. Asia-Pacific recorded the highest growth, seeing deal volume increase by 13% YoY.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData increased in all other territories but Europe, which recorded flat growth, with a 6% YoY increase in South and Central America and 2% growth in the Middle East and Africa.

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Debt Offering4450266897638
Asset Transaction221585425251-16
Equity Offering178800015616-26
Private Equity525439297544
Venture Financing286112266-36

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows an even mix of positive and negative growth, with acquisitions down -32% YoY, partnerships up 105%, asset transactions down -16%, and mergers, up 82%. Financing deals have fared similarly; equity offerings are down -26%, private equity is up 44%, venture financing is down -36% YoY, and debt offerings are up 38%.

Deals activity by sector

Perhaps the most notable trend apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of oil & gas industry deals by sector is consistency. The various sectors are maintaining their general rankings by volume from previous years, with upstream continuing to lead, with 534 deals logged, while petrochemicals remains the smallest sector by deals volume, with just 60.

Note: All numbers as of 14 April 2021. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

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