Deals activity: South and Central America 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 -22%. South and Central America recorded the highest growth, tied with Asia-Pacific, despite ranking second to last in terms of deal value, seeing deal volume increase by 5% YoY.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Middle East and Africa (-7%) and Europe (-4%). 

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Debt Offering4339534877449
Asset Transaction221171224920-10
Equity Offering177240315406-32
Private Equity4950992949-25
Venture Financing269192141-29

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general downtrend, with acquisitions down -55% YoY, partnerships down -74%, and asset transactions down -10%. Mergers, however, are up an astonishing 302%. Financing deals have fared only slightly better; equity offerings are down -32%, venture financing is down -29% YoY, but debt offerings are up 49%.

Deals activity by sector

It is perhaps too early in the year to pull on any notable threads apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of oil & gas industry deals by sector. However, it can be seen that already, the various sectors are maintaining their general rankings by volume from previous years. Upstream continues to lead, with 174 deals logged, while petrochemicals remains the smallest sector by deals volume, with just 15.

Note: All numbers as of 9 February 2021. 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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