A total of 37 initial public offerings that garnered USD 1.2 billion during April-June, took the total proceeds through this route to USD 4 billion in the first half of 2018, says an EY report.
According to the report, 32 IPOs in the SME markets raised USD 98.7 million and five in the main market raised USD 1.1 billion in the second quarter this year.
Hong Kong was the most active exchange with 97 IPOs during January-June followed by India (94 IPOs) and NASDAQ (66 IPOs) at second and third positions, respectively.
Though the second quarter saw 9 per cent increase year-on-year in deal numbers, there was a decline of 35 per cent vis-a-vis the previous quarter (January-March) following the global economic cues.
The report also noted that during January-June, 94 IPOs raised USD 4 billion.
“Inflows of domestic capital remains strong leading to many opportunities for companies to take the IPO route. However, uncertainty surrounding next year’s general elections may impact IPO activities in rest of the 2018,” the report noted.
Industrial sector was the most active sector in terms of number of issues and proceeds with 12 IPOs that raised USD 590 million, followed by materials (6 IPOs, USD 95 million) and Consumer Staples (5 IPOs, USD 11 million).
“Investor confidence and the increasing domestic capital inflows will help boost the IPO volumes across sectors in India. The effect of geo-political uncertainty and national elections next year remains to be seen in the rest of 2018,” said Sandip Khetan, EY India IPO Leader.
Jigar Parikh, Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS), EY India said: “SEBI (ICDR) (Amendment) Regulations, 2018 have brought some welcome changes in listing requirements and corporate governance norms.
The new SEBI (ICDR) regulations would require companies to prepare restated financial statements for 3 years, instead of 5, significantly reducing the efforts for companies who are in the process of getting listed.