Fri, Aug 29, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

The Deal reports small-cap financing market surges; IPOs nearly double, follow-ons, PIPEs jump in Q4

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Opalesque Industry Update - The Deal, TheStreet’s institutional business, has issued a quarterly report that shows the small-cap equity financing market surged in the fourth quarter of 2013 with a near doubling in the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) and double-digit growth in follow-on offerings and private investments in public equity (PIPEs), compared to the same period of 2012, as the broader equity markets touched new records. Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) completed four IPOs in the fourth quarter, unchanged from the year-earlier period, although the size of deals was larger.

“Investor sentiment has improved along with the economy and has boosted the market for IPOs, follow-ons, and PIPEs” said Dan Lonkevich, Senior Editor for The Deal. “Given a steady market rise through the entirety of 2013, we have high hopes for the coming year, barring any unexpected changes to the current dynamic.”

Some highlights from the report include:

  • The number of PIPEs in the fourth quarter of 2013 rose more than 25% to 316 transactions, with the biggest gains coming from smaller unregistered deals. The fourth quarter’s 316 PIPEs raised $12.9 billion, compared with 252 deals that raised $12.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to PrivateRaise, The Deal’s data service that tracks private placements of at least $1 million.
  • For all of 2013, the number of U.S.-listed IPOs gained 58% to 230 deals worth $61.8 billion from 145 deals worth $47.2 billion in 2012. The number of follow-on offerings rose 32.5% to 807 deals worth $201.7 billion compared to 609 deals worth $187 billion in 2012.
  • It was the best year for PIPEs since 2010 when 1,137 deals raised $31 billion. The number of unregistered PIPEs increased 29.4% to 220 deals worth $6.58 billion in the fourth quarter from 170 deals worth $7.57 billion a year earlier.
  • During the fourth quarter, the average deal size was $34.6 million, compared with $39.55 million, a year earlier.
  • Healthcare companies announced 107 deals worth $2.2 billion in the fourth quarter. Technology was the second-most-active sector with 51 PIPEs worth $3.38 billion. Energy companies did 46 deals worth $3.86 billion.
  • Four SPACs completed IPOs in the fourth quarter, raising a combined $364 million, compared with four that raised only $205 million, a year earlier. At least two SPACs filed for IPOs in the fourth quarter, including Levy Acquisition. At least three SPACs announced business combinations or acquisitions in the fourth quarter, while another scrapped a planned merger.
  • Reverse mergers were the only down segment of the small-cap financing market as private companies found it relatively easier to complete IPOs than in the past, thanks to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which allowed companies to file confidentially for IPOs and avoid cumbersome disclosure requirements. The pace of reverse mergers in the last quarter of 2013 was off 36% from the previous quarter, and about 29% year-over-year, according to data from PrivateRaise.

The full report is available online. For more information on PrivateRaise, visit http://www.thedeal.com/privateraiseuser.php.

Press Release

BM

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing
  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Study shows what resonates with investors: 'Unwavering', 'passionate' beats 'committed', 'dedicated' and more surprises[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by Pershing Square, a unit of BNY Mellon company, showed that an effective value proposition strengthens audience connections and fosters growth, yet many advisors have had little objective guidance in formulating such statements until now. In the

  2. Institutions – Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives, CalPERS' real estate consultant cautions the pension fund's investment committee, Why Sunsuper likes hedge funds[more]

    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

  3. Hedge fund assets decline in July - eVestment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Total assets in hedge funds declined in July and dropped 0.49%, marking the industry's second monthly asset decline in 2014, according to the latest asset flows data from eVestment. Despite the asset decline, total industry AUM remained above the $3 trillion

  4. AIMA makes 'the case for hedge funds'[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry body,

  5. Managed futures' global diversification is important in next phase of economic recovery[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global diversification provided by managed futures may prove to be extremely valuable as the markets enter the next phase of the economic recovery, said Campbell & Company, a pioneer in absolute return invest