GlobalData’s latest report, Quarterly Midstream M&A Deals Review – Q1 2020, shows that a combined value of $8.8bn in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) was announced in the midstream sector in Q1 2020.

This was a significant decrease of 64% from the $24.4bn in M&A deals announced in the previous quarter. A year-on-year comparison shows a decrease of 8% in the number of deals and 22% in values in Q1 2020 compared to 115 deals with a combined value of $11.3bn in Q1 2019. During the quarter, there were 17 midstream M&A deals with values greater than $100m, together accounting for $6.9bn.

PowerTeam Services’ acquisition of Minnesota Ltd and Miller Pipeline from CenterPoint Energy for a cash consideration of $850m was one of the top deals registered in the midstream industry in Q1 2020. Minnesota and Miller Pipeline are natural gas distribution and transmission pipeline contractors in the US, providing services to customers in 35 states.

J P Morgan acted as exclusive financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal counsel to CenterPoint Energy. Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank and Harris Williams acted as financial advisors, while Debevoise & Plimpton LLP acted as legal counsel to PowerTeam in the transaction.

The transaction enables PowerTeam to strengthen its platform with nationwide scale to continue to safely and reliably serve customers and capitalise on significant growth opportunities in the utility and energy infrastructure industry.

Midstream M&A Deal Value and Count, Q1 2020

Source: Deals Analytics, GlobalData Oil and Gas

On the volume front, the number of M&A deals decreased by 19% from 131 in Q4 2019 to 106 in Q1 2020, of which 62 were cross-border transactions and the remaining 44 were domestic transactions. Asia was the destination of choice for cross-border M&A activity in Q1 2020, recording 19 cross-border transactions in the quarter.

Regionally, North America remained the frontrunner in terms of deal value and the number of deals in Q1 2020 with 59% and 29% shares, registering a combined M&A value of $5.4bn from 32 deals.

Europe accounted for 24% of the global acquisitions market in Q1 2020, including 27 acquisitions, of which 13 were cross-border and the remaining 14 were domestic acquisitions, while Asia accounted for 26 global deals or 23% in Q1 2020, of which 19 were cross-border acquisitions and the remaining seven were domestic acquisitions.

Africa and Oceania registered 14 and 11 deals respectively in Q1 2020 and South America accounted for 2% of global deals or two deals.