Global coal M&A activity: October 2016

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Report summary

Coal M&A spend remains at historical lows this year with only a few large size transactions concluded.However, for the few buyers able to secure assets this year, we asses deal-implied prices were struck at between US$75-101/tonne for metallurgical coal and US$48-71/tonne. With the recovery in coal prices in Q3, most of the recent deals appear to have been well-timed in the cycle.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Subdued M&A activity in 2016 still a long way off historical highs
  • Spot prices surge above implied deal prices
  • Discounts required to get deals over the line
  • Operating assets favoured in bets on price recovery

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  • Acquisition spend by region
  • Number of deals by region
  • Global coal M&A activity: October 2016: Image 3
  • Implied long-term (adjusted) coal price (deal by deal) vs. Argus HCC monthly average
  • Average premiums/discounts paid by region compared with GEM valuation
  • Acquisition spend by status
  • Number of deals by status

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