Deals activity: South and Central America sees significant decrease in volume; deals down across sectors

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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 significant decrease in YoY growth in deals volume at -14%. 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 (-14%), Europe (-5%), and Asia-Pacific (-4%).

Deals activity by type

Deal typeTotal deal value (US$m)Total deal countYoY change (volume) 
Asset Transaction7250716
Debt Offering4140027
Equity Offering1420804
Venture Financing62088
Private Equity392389

A breakdown of deals by type and volume shows a general downtrend, with acquisitions down -2% YoY, mergers down -97%, partnerships down -48%, and asset transactions down -26%. Financing deals have seen a similar downturn, with venture financing down -29% YoY and equity offerings down -1%, although debt offerings saw growth of 36%.

Deals activity by sector

The most notable development apparent in GlobalData’s analysis of power industry deals by sector is the decrease of deals across all sectors. Solar PV remained the leading sector by deals volume after several strong years of growth but also saw a decline of almost 500. Hydro saw the lowest decline in its total volume, with a drop of roughly 120.

Note: All numbers as of 04 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 Power Intelligence Centre.

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