North American Merger and Acquisition Report, January 2021

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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In January, we recorded 63 completed transactions related to the North American M&A market in 12 different industries. The overall market activity was at a similar level as in the last month of 2020, with some huge deals completed in the first month of 2021. With 16 completed transactions, the electric power industry was the most active industry.

As always, our focus is on operationally-intensive industries that are of interest to our clients, like utilities and manufacturing.


Industry Updates

January M&A Activities by Industry


The utilities industry was very active at the beginning of the year. In total, 19 deals were completed in January. As we mentioned, the electric power industry led the way, with 16 completed M&A deals. The most important transaction was the completed acquisition of Direct Energy by NRG for $3.6 billion. This acquisition doubled NRG’s retail customer base in North America. 

Oil Industry

FirmoGraphs recorded five completed deals in the oil and gas industry, and four of those were multi-billion transactions. Devon Energy and WPX Energy completed their $12.0 billion worth merger. ConocoPhillips acquired Concho Resources in a deal valued at $9.7 billion. Pioneer Natural Resources acquired Parsley Energy for $4.5 billion. And last but not least, Cenovus Energy and Husky Energy in a deal valued at $2.9 billion. All these deals were announced in the second half of 2020, and they are the result of oil companies’ attempts to overcome lower oil prices, lower demand, and general business uncertainty through consolidation and its synergy effects.

Engineered Products 

In total, eight completed deals were recorded in the engineered products industry. The most significant one was Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier’s rail business for $6.0 billion. We should also mention that Acacia Communications terminated its merger with Cisco Systems, since Chinese authorities didn’t provide all necessary approvals. 


As always, the healthcare industry was one of the most active ones. In total, 12 completed M&A deals were recorded in January. The two largest transactions were Dentsply Sirona’s purchase of Byte, and Eli Lilly’s acquisition of Prevail Therapeutics, both worth around $1.0 billion.

Other industries

Among other industries tracked by FirmoGraphs, one deal stands out. It is a complete merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot. This deal created the world's fourth-largest automotive OEM by volume and third-largest by revenue. The combined company, called Stellantis, will operate 14 major French, Italian, American, German, and British car brands.

Three Biggest Transactions in January by Deal Value

Acting organization

Target Organization


Deal Value

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Peugeot S.A.



Devon Energy Corporation

WPX Energy

Oil and Gas



Concho Resources

Oil and Gas



Announced Future Deals

In addition to completed transactions, FirmoGraphs recorded over 30 announced future deals, including seven multi-billion transactions. Among the announced deals, the most notable are:

  • LafargeHolcim’s acquisition of Firestone Building Products for $3.4 billion;
  • A merger between Faraday Future and Property Solutions Acquisition Corp worth $3.4 billion;
  • A merger between EVgo Services and Climate Change Crisis Real Impact I Acquisition Corp worth $2.6 billion.


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