Last year was a sleepy one for mergers and acquisitions in the metals sector with only 357 metal deals completed compared to the 507 deals from the previous year, the Financial Times reported citing figures released by PwC.
Perth, Australia-based mineral sands explorer Iluka Resources Ltd announced that it will pick up an 18.3% stake in Rotherham, UK-based metal powder producer Metalysis for ₤12.2 million ($A22.5 million).
Suffolk, UK-based construction supplier SEH Group obtained £9.4million in funding from Lloyds Commercial Banking under the government's Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) to support its growth and expansion.
North Carolina, US-based lower middle market capital provider Triangle Capital Corporation invested $14.8 million in Des Plaines, Illinois-based environmental protection and hazardous waste handling firm Justrite Manufacturing Company LLC.
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates-based natural gas firm Dana Gas inked a deal to acquire the North El Arish (Block 6) Concession Area located in Egypt as an addition to its growth portfolio.
Texas, US-based private equity firm Rock Hill Capital Group invested an undisclosed amount in Oklahoma City-based firm Park Energy Services LLC to support its vision of growth and expansion.
IBM said it can use big data to forecast when mining equipment will fail, an innovation that can potentially save companies billions of dollars annually, VentureBeat reported.
Subiaco, Western Australia-based mining firm Balamara Resources Ltd agreed to divest three of its non-core assets located in the Balkans for A$15.2 million to focus on its flagship projects.
Sydney, New South Wales-based mining and exploration company Kimberley Diamonds Ltd picked up the Argyle Smoke Creek diamond project from Mumbai, India-based firm Venus Metals Corp for A$1 million in combined cash and issued shares.
Perth, Australia-based gold explorer Orinoco Gold entered an agreement to acquire the 70% stake of gold and silver producer Troy Resources in a gold mine in the Sertao gold mine located in Brazil.
Melbourne, Victoria-based diamond mining firm Merlin Diamonds raised $2 million by selling 26 million of its shares at $0.75 apiece to Singapore-based investment holding firm Blumont Group for the development of its diamond mine in the Northern Territory of Australia.
AECI Ltd, the South African explosives and chemicals manufacturer, will be buying the the African water treatment business of Clariant for a price tag of $36.7 million, Bloomberg reported.
David Errington, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said companies would do well if they focused on investing in their core business instead of acquiring other companies in their quest for growth, The Australian reported.
Sydney, Australia-based precious and base metals explorer Robust Resources will raise A$25.5 million via share issue to fund the acquisition of the Talas gold-copper project located in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Queensland, Australia-based mining and exploration firm Axiom Mining acquired the gold-silver and copper-gold mineralization West Guadalcanal Project located in the Solomon Islands for an undisclosed amount.