Deals activity: North America sees significant decrease in volume; deals down across most sectors

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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 -23%. South and Central America on the other hand, recorded the highest growth despite ranking second to last in terms of deal value, seeing deal volume increase by 22% YoY.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Middle East and Africa (-9%), and Europe (-2%). However, Asia-Pacific saw growth of 13%.

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Debt Offering4236701860749
Asset Transaction217356824492-10
Equity Offering175405115217-32
Private Equity471619282914
Venture Financing25673202213

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general downtrend, with acquisitions down -56% YoY, partnerships down -99%, and asset transactions down -10%. Mergers, however, are up 167%,. Financing deals have fared slightly better; while equity offerings are down -32%, venture financing is up 13% YoY and debt offerings are up 49%.

Deals activity by sector

The most notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of oil & gas industry deals by sector is the significant decrease of deals in upstream. While it remained the leading sector by deals volume, it has also seen the greatest drop in volume YoY. The Equipment & Services and Midstream sectors also saw declined deals, though far more minor. Downstream and Petrochemicals however, saw increased deals volume. 

Note: All numbers as of 23 November 2020. Deals captured by GlobalData cover M&As, strategic alliances, various types of financing and contract service agreements.

For more insight and data, visit GlobalData's Oil & Gas Intelligence Centre.

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