25.11.2016 - M&A activity in mining and metals significantly down on last year
A global economic slowdown, political uncertainty and low commodity prices are continuing to squeeze the mining and extraction sector. An analysis shows that M&A activity is significantly down on last year, despite an uptick in transaction volume in the second quarter. Capital raising remains relatively robust. Commodity prices have tumbled in recent years on the back of a slowdown in China and increased global uncertainty and lacklustre economic growth. Oil prices and gas prices, in particular, have dropped throwing the respective sectors into a period of acute stress. Copper prices too have seen significant falls, dropping from heights of around $4.5 to $2.2 per lb, while iron prices have halved over the past two year period........................................Full Article: Source