Wed, Sep 24, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Private Equity Strategies

Data Snapshot: Institutional Appetite for IPOs Up

Friday, March 22, 2013

By: Bailey McCann, Private Equity Strategies

According to a new Ernst & Young survey, investors cite brighter earnings, improved macro-economic conditions and more stable equity markets as the reasons for the improved market sentiment. Private Equity Strategies spoke with the author of the survey, Maria Pinelli, Global Vice Chair of Strategic Growth Markets at Ernst & Young, about the results and what that could mean for the IPO market this year.

Some 4 out of 5 institutional investors invested in an IPO last year, that’s up from only 1 in 5 in the past two to three years. This data is especially notable in light of the high profile failure of the Facebook IPO last year. This trend is expected to continue throughout 2013, although Pinelli notes that companies are going to have to make a significant effort to stand out, as it is a buyers market.

“The price has to be right, the terms have to be exactly right and the management team has to be right, for a company to see investment in this buyers market,” Pinelli tells Private Equity Strategies.

Earnings outlooks are critical, according to the survey, “Investors in almost every region rank a brighter earnings outlook as the key driver for improving IPO market sentiment. “ In Asia, confidence is particularly strong as both private equity and venture capital are looking for opportunities in this market - and there are many deals to be had. Companies may find it difficult without strong numbers, and a core differentiator to break out ahead of what is a considerable opportunity set.

In North America, it may be slightly easier for companies as investors are looking more closely at stabilization of macroeconomic factors before investing. Companies may be able to benefit if Congress moves toward a budget agreement. Report data shows that as these decisions are made and the overall financial landscape in the US becomes clearer, investor sentiments are likely to fall in line with the rest of the world - meaning North American investors will too be in the market for deals.

Good quality companies have generally been able to be successful in the IPO market. However, the survey shows that now more than ever, even good companies will have to take careful consideration of factors including market timing, and picking the right point in the lifecycle. “We have seen companies that rush to go public, or fail to take into consideration all of the appropriate factors come away unsuccessful. Recovery from something like this can be considerable,” Pinelli says.

She says that companies need to ensure that they have a solid infrastructure in place before going to market. Data in the survey shows that a number of companies that list too early also tend to have holes in infrastructure areas like reporting, corporate governance or compliance. Nearly one third of investors in the survey cited a strong corporate infrastructure as one of their core concerns.

“Investors want to see quarterly reporting, they also want to have transparency and know that a company is going to deliver on their promises,” Pinelli says. “It’s impossible to predict everything, but surprising investors can cause a significant drop in market value and it can take up to three years to regain that credibility with the public.”

*Image Source: Right team, right story, right price - Survey - By Ernst & Young

 
This article was published in Opalesque's Private Equity Strategies our monthly research update on the global private equity landscape including all sectors and market caps.
Private Equity Strategies
Private Equity Strategies
Private Equity Strategies


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. SEC charges 19 investment firms and one trader for breach of Rule 105[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) started a push to enhance the enforcement of Rule 105 of Regulation M last year to uncover hedge funds and private equity firms that have illegally participated in an offering of a stock after short selling it duri

  2. Outlook - Julian Robertson: There are two bubbles that can bite us[more]

    From Businessinsider.com: Legendary hedge fund manager Julian Robertson gave a warning about two bubbles that could "bite us" at Bloomberg Market's Most Influential Summit. "I agree with the fact that the economy is definitely getting better. I think the cause of that is two bubbles that will

  3. Fund managers, bullish on Europe, anticipate monetary policy separation of Fed and ECB[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: At least 202 fund managers with $556bn of assets under management said that while the European Central Bank (ECB) has eased its monetary policy that sent sentiments towards Europe to pick up, the Fed is expected to hike its rate in the spring of 2015. Investor

  4. Institutions - North Carolina workers call on state pension to dump up to $6bn in hedge funds, UK pension fund criticizes hedge fund fees[more]

    North Carolina workers call on state pension to dump up to $6bn in hedge funds From Forbes.com: The State Employees Association of North Carolina this afternoon called on state Treasurer Janet Cowell to withdraw all investments in hedge funds, which appear to amount to approximately $6 b

  5. News Briefs - Limited partners of investment managers may be subject to self-employment taxes, Just one week left until NYC's Rocktoberfest[more]

    Limited partners of investment managers may be subject to self-employment taxes On September 5, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Chief Counsel Advice 201436049, concluding that members of an investment manager were subject to self-employment taxes with respect to their e