IPO Q1 2021: Why record-breaking quarter may spur candidates to act

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Author:Paul Go, EY Global IPO Leader; Asia-Pacific EY Private Assurance Leader

Contributors: Rachel Gerring, Ringo Choi, Martin Steinbach

Original Source: EY

The global IPO market started 2021 on a high, breaking records. IPO candidates should consider acting while the transaction window is still open.


In brief

  • Q1 2021 global IPO volumes rose 85% and proceeds rose 271% year-on-year.
  • Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) IPOs were more active in Q1 2021 than through all of 2020. 
  • Q1 2021 was the best performing first quarter in 20 years.

With markets awash with liquidity, global IPO deal numbers and proceeds have posted the best performance in 20 years. This is before we include the SPAC IPOs, which in Q1 alone completed more deals and raised more proceeds than the record-breaking full year of 2020.

Despite this, investor sentiment remains fragile. There is fear of a market correction on the horizon, with uncertainties over possible new waves of the pandemic stalling the economy recovery, the speediness of the vaccination program roll-out and the potential disruption to the financial system caused by banks scaling back on leverage offered to professional investors.​

Companies in the right sector, with the right story and that are well prepared, will want to catch the open IPO window now. 

CLICK HERE to Download EY’s latest quarterly IPO report

EY’s Q1 2021 IPO report provides deeper analysis and insights, including regional and country data.


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