Lagos — Energy transition was the key driver behind 25% of the top 20 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in mining in 2022, as the industry responded to consumer and shareholder demand for portfolio diversification and sustainability, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Decarbonization efforts increased the demand for enabling metals
GlobalData’s report ‘Mining Industry M&A Deals by Top Themes in 2022,’ reveals that energy transition was an essential driver of M&A deal activity in the mining sector due to growing calls for decarbonization.
Global efforts to decarbonize are increased the demand for metals like cobalt, nickel, and lithium. These metals are crucial for renewable power and electric vehicle (EV) production, which will play a vital role in the transition to clean energy.
William Tyson, Associate Analyst, Thematic Intelligence at GlobalData, comments: “Mining companies are shifting their portfolios to focus more on future-facing metals. The shortages of these metals and the growth in demand for EVs have prompted M&A deal activity as mining companies consolidate to fill the gap in supply. GlobalData predicts that global EV production will exceed 30 million vehicles by 2031, and mining companies will have to upscale to provide the essential metals required to produce EV batteries and meet demand.”
Mining companies are responding to government EV subsidies
EV demand and the price of enabling metals are increasing globally, and mining companies are trying to capitalize on this. Government benefits have helped stimulate the demand for EVs, leading to a supply deficit of crucial metals for battery production. However, the subsidies on EVs in many countries will end in the coming year.
Tyson concludes: “Government assistance through subsidies and tax credits are heavily incentivizing the development of green technologies, most notably through the Inflation Reduction Act in the US. Mining companies can benefit from producing the metals that are crucial for the development of green energy and can be rewarded through large subsidies. This has catalyzed energy transition-led deal activity in the mining space.”
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