Deals activity: South and Central America sees significant decrease in volume; solar PV remains leading sector

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Deals activity by geography

Power industry deals, as captured by GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Centre, are down year-on-year (YoY) across all regions.

North America is leading in terms of deal value, but also recorded a decrease in YoY growth in deals volume at -7%. South and Central America, ranking last in terms of deal value, has also suffered the biggest YoY change, with deal volumes at -39%.

The volume of deals recorded by GlobalData also decreased YoY in Middle East and Africa (-21%), Europe (-6%), and Asia-Pacific (-6%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Asset Transaction730694732641-2
Debt Offering42041181308827
Equity Offering1446657731817
Venture Financing630684613-7
Private Equity4370462363-21

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general downtrend, with mergers down -88%, partnerships down -29%, and asset transactions down -2%. One bright spot was acquisitions' 21% growth. Financing deals have seen a similar downturn, with venture financing down -7% YoY, and private equity down -21%, although equity offerings were up 17% and debt offerings saw growth of 27%.

Deals activity by sector

So early in the year, it is hard to draw notable conclusions from GlobalData’s analysis of power industry deals by sector. However, solar PV remains the leading sector by deals volume, following several strong years of growth. Fossil fuels and bipower currently have the lowest number of deals, sitting at 13 each. 

Note: All numbers as of 26 January 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 Power Intelligence Centre.

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