Forging ahead Analysis of M&A activity in the global metals industry, 2Q 2011

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The recovery in global metals merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, which started last year, continued with mixed results during the second quarter of 2011 with a 57 percent increase in volume of deals compared to the same period in 2010. When compared to the first quarter of 2011, the metals M&A market remained active with 11 more deals announced in the second quarter than in the first quarter.

However, Q2 2011 values dropped significantly. In the second quarter of 2011, there were 36 large deals worth $50 million or more, accounting for $6.9 billion in total deal value – a decrease from the $17.5 billion in the second quarter of 2010. During the first half of 2011, there were 61 total deals with a total value of $19.9 billion, in contrast to the first half of 2010, which had 47 deals contributing $23.8 billion.

In addition to a detailed summary of deal activity, this edition features a special report on the challenges companies are facing as they expand into regions around the world where corruption is pervasive. The Metals industry continues to view corruption as a major concern, and with the uptick in deal activities and anti-corruption initiatives intensifying by governmental bodies, companies are looking to mitigate the risks.