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Volatility and opportunity: Energy M&A in Asia-Pacific

Volatility and opportunity: Energy M&A in Asia-Pacific

10 April 2017

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Energy M&A in Asia-Pacific may not have had a record year in 2016, but it was still one for the record books. While dropping 33% in year-on-year value terms, overall announced deals maintained pace with 2015 (196 deals), closing the year with 198 transactions valued at US$77.6bn.

Those amounts, despite the decline, were still the second highest annual totals, according to Mergermarket data spanning the past decade. Perhaps more importantly, M&A activity for the year points to the market’s resilience, especially in the oil and gas space where price volatility has plagued national and international oil companies over the past 30 months.

Key highlights include:

  • Top subsector: Renewable energy transactions—those involving wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal power—accounted for more than half of Asia-Pacific energy M&A transactions in 2016 (52%), increasing from a 44% volume share in 2015.
  • Top Asia-Pacific markets: China maintained its spot as the top market for Asia-Pacific energy M&A in 2016, accounting for 36% of deals and 31% of value. India had the second-largest year-end totals, accounting for 18% of deals and 22% of value, followed by Australia with 11% of deals and 20% of value.
  • Expert Q&A: In an exclusive interview, Eversheds partners Charles Butcher and Jae Lemin share insights on current geopolitical and economic trends shaping Asia-Pacific’s traditional and alternative energy markets.

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