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Could IPOs bounce back in 2017?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

2015 and 2016 were quiet years for the IPO market. Both mega and medium-sized listing volumes declined. However, some early data suggests that listings could bounce back, according to a new IPO trend study from international law firm Proskauer.

The 2017 study, conducted by the Global Capital Markets Group, examines data from 67 IPOs that priced in 2016 with a minimum initial base deal size of $50 million, and includes industry analyses on the health care; technology, media & telecommunications (TMT); energy & power; financial services; industrials and consumer/retail sectors. The study also includes a focus on foreign private issuers.

According to the study, only 30 IPOs priced in the first half of 2016, a 60 percent decrease from 75 IPOs for the same period in 2015 and the lowest since 2009. In total, 79 IPOs priced in 2016, which is roughly the number that priced in the first half of 2015 alone. Study authors chalk the slump up to uncertainties around the US presidential election and Brexit keeping people out of the market. Early data from 2017 shows signs that activity could be picking up. 20 IPOs have been priced in the first quarter of the year, including high profile names like $SNAP, the biggest deal of the year so far with its $3.4 billion IPO. "We may see that the $SNAP IPO opens the door for more mega listings," Pippa Bond, co-head of Proskauer's Global Capital Markets Group tells Opalesque. "2016 was an odd year. Curre......................

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