Forging ahead: Third-quarter 2014 metals industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

October 2014
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Forging ahead: Third-quarter 2014 metals industry mergers and acquisitions analysis

At a glance

Metals deal activity declines globally in the third quarter of 2014, with activity focused on mid-market transactions as steel prices remain weak.

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Forging ahead is a quarterly analysis of global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the metals industry. Each edition includes a review of overall deal activity for the quarter and year-to-date and a summary of large deals.

Following is a sampling of highlights from our third-quarter 2014 analysis:

  • M&A activity in the global metals sector declined in the third quarter of 2014, both in terms of deal volume and value.
  • Much of the decline in activity and value can be attributed to metals companies pursuing smaller, mid-market deals in the face of weaker global economics and overcapacity concerns.
  • During the third quarter of 2014, there were 20 transactions (valued at $50 million or more), totaling $7.7 billion, a decrease of 32 percent from the same quarter last year, and a 14 percent decrease from the second quarter 2014.

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