Global technology IPO review: Full year and Q4 2017

The global tech IPO market closed 2017 with recovery and hope for resurgent 2018

The global tech IPO market rebounds after a depressed 2016 performance

The global tech IPO market bounced back in 2017 after a lackluster 2016.With 100 technology IPOs in the year, 2017 volume increased 85% year over year. Resurgence in the US market and the consistently strong performance of the Asian markets pulled up the numbers for the year. Year-on-year proceeds surged 168% driven by large IPOs.

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China maintains its lead with the highest number of listings

The US IPO market picked up pace in 2017 after a dull 2016. Despite a year-over-year increase of 50% in terms of listing and 351% in terms of proceeds, the year remained comparatively flat to 2015. The number of listings in the US have decreased compared to China. However, new measures are being outlined to make it easier for US companies to go public. After a grim 2016, the UK market welcomed two technology IPOs in 2017. Europe, excluding the UK, with US$4,328 million in proceeds, saw its best year. China led the year with 51 IPOs, up 168% year on year. Year 2017 also witnessed a rise in terms of proceeds by 73% and 241% compared to 2015 and 2016.

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Internet software & services remains the best-performing sector since 2011

The internet software & services segment led the year in terms of proceeds and volume. The sector had some of the largest IPOs of the year. However, the sector performance declined by 22% in terms of volume and increased 59% in proceeds compared to 2016. The Electronic and the Semiconductors subsectors had their best years in the last six years in terms of proceeds and volume.

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