Last year was a fantastic year for IPO investors who benefited from both the number of IPOs and their outsized average returns, despite the COVID-19. The strong IPO activity continued in 2021, with initial public offerings setting a new record. However, some regions witnessed a much bigger growth than the others. According to data presented by BuyShares.co.uk, the European IPO activity soared by 850% YoY, with the total value of deals reaching $55bn in June.
In 2020, the combined value of all IPO deals jumped by 64% YoY to almost $320bn, revealed the Wall Street Journal and Dealogic data. US companies raised $144.4bn through IPOs last year, a 157% increase YoY and the highest value since 2000. Asia witnessed $121.3bn worth of IPO deals, 80% more than in 2019. Last year, European companies raised $28.6bn in initial public offerings, a much modest 28% increase in a year.
Although the global IPO activity surged in the first half of 2021, statistics show that Europe witnessed much bigger growth than other main regions. US companies raised $147.6 billion in IPO deals this year, 453% more than the same period in 2020. The total value of IPO deals in the Asian market jumped by 146% YoY to $75.6bn in June. The Middle East and Africa, and Latin America also witnessed impressive growth, with the total value of their IPO deals increasing by 375% and 290% YoY, respectively.
Statistics show Credit Suisse ranked as the number one advisor on IPOs in Europe, with $15.7bn worth of deals in the six months of 2021, continuing its impressive performance after a fantastic 2020. The Swiss financial giant ended the last year as the top investment bank globally, with $21.4bn worth of IPO deals, more than Citi, JPMorgan or Morgan Stanley.
Barclays ranked as the second-largest investment bank in Europe, with $11.7bn worth of IPO deals between January and June. UBS and Deutsche Bank follow, with $9.4bn and $8.7bn, respectively.
Global IPO Activity Surged by 336% YoY, Finance Companies Lead in Total Value of Deals
The first half of 2021 has witnessed $300.9bn worth of IPO deals on the global level, 336% more than in the same period a year ago. Most of that value, or $203.5bn worth of deals, were made in Q1 2021 as the record quarter for IPO activity.
Analyzed by sectors, finance companies raised almost $116.6bn, or nearly 40% of the total value of IPO deals in 2021. The technology sector ranked second with 79bn worth of deals. Healthcare, transportation, and consumer products followed, with $29.2bn, $10.9bn, and $9.4bn, respectively.