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Global IPO proceeds hit $268bn in 2020

written by Bella Palmer

The most active sectors in the 2020 IPO market were technology, industrials and healthcare, accounting for a 59 per cent share of global deals

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 USD268.0 billion.

According to the research data analysed and published by Comprar Acciones, IPO volume shot up by 19 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019 while value surged by 29 per cent. Total proceeds were the highest since 2010 when 1,361 IPOs raised USD290.2 billion.

In the US, 43 consumer companies completed IPOs during the year, up from 27 in 2019. They raised a collective USD19.57 billion, close to three times the USD6.77 billion raised in the previous year.

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

Regionally, the United States saw the highest increase, 30 per cent up in deal number and 78 per cent up in proceeds. From 217 deals that raised USD54.9 billion in 2019, there were 282 deals in 2020, raising USD97.9 billion.

The Asia Pacific took the lead in terms of value and deal number. There was a 20 per cent increase in deal number from 686 in 2019 to 822 in 2020. Deal value rose by 45 per cent from USD93.6 billion to USD136.2 billion in the same period.

US exchanges accounted for 79 per cent of global deal numbers and 88 per cent of deal value. US Nasdaq received USD55.3 billion from 181 IPOs while the NYSE got USD30.9 billion from 43 IPOs.

Q4 2020 was noteworthy with 490 IPOs raising USD101.4 billion, an increase of 30 per cent year-over-year (YoY) in deal number and 9 per cent in value. The highest valued IPO in Q4 2020 was JD Health, which raised USD4.0 billion. AirBnB raised USD3.8 billion while DoorDash raised USD3.4 billion.


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