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Global IPO proceeds hit $268bn in 2020, highest value since 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2021
Opalesque Industry Update - The initial public offering (IPO) market performance in 2020 defied all expectations, demonstrating the resilience of equity and capital markets. The year saw a total of 1,363 IPOs receiving $268.0 billion.

According to the research data analyzed and published by Comprar Acciones, IPO volume shot up by 19% in 2020 compared to 2019 while value surged by 29%. Total proceeds were the highest since 2010 when 1,361 IPOs raised $290.2 billion.

In the US, 43 consumer companies completed IPOs during the year, up from 27 in 2019. They raised a collective $19.57 billion, close to three times the $6.77 billion raised in the previous year.

US exchanges accounted for 88% of 2020 IPO deal value

The most active sectors in the 2020 IPO market were technology, industrials and healthcare. Together, they accounted for a 59% share of global deals and 64% of the total value.

Regionally, the United States saw the highest increase, 30% up in deal number and 78% up in proceeds. From 217 deals that raised $54.9 billion in 2019, there were 282 deals in 2020, raising $97.9 billion.

The Asia Pacific took the lead in terms of value and deal number. There was a 20% increase in deal number from 686 in 2019 to 822 in 2020. Deal value rose by 45% from $93.6 billion to $136.2 billion in the same period.

US exchanges accounted for 79% of global deal numbers and 88% of deal value. US Nasdaq received $55.3 billion from 181 IPOs while the NYSE got $30.9 billion from 43 IPOs.

Q4 2020 was noteworthy with 490 IPOs raising $101.4 billion, an increase of 30% year-over-year (YoY) in deal number and 9% in value. The highest valued IPO in Q4 2020 was JD Health, which raised $4.0 billion. AirBnB raised $3.8 billion while DoorDash raised $3.4 billion.

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