China- and Hong Kong-based companies raised a combined $13.7 billion through initial public offerings (IPOs) in the front-loaded first quarter of 2020, according to a new report by DealStreetAsia.
The report, Greater China IPO Review: Q1 2020, shows that IPOs completed in January and February benefitted from good momentum in 2019 and the groundwork laid before the Lunar New Year. March saw a drop-off in activity as the COVID-19 outbreak took a toll on public markets around the world.
The Main Board of the Shanghai Stock Exchange was the top destination for listings, with 10 IPOs raising a total of $5.7 billion during the quarter. Hong Kong’s Main Board, meanwhile, was the busiest trading platform, recording 30 new listings.
The mega 30.7 billion yuan ($4.4 billion) listing of Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway headlined the first quarter, while manufacturing companies in China and Hong Kong took the lead in tapping public markets.
Travel restrictions hampered due diligence and site visits in the first quarter, but as the pandemic situation improves and as deal-making adjusts to the new normal, IPO activity is likely to pick up in the second half of 2020.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) announced in April that it will double the number of people on its IPO approval committee, which could speed up time-to-market. CSRC data showed a backlog of 152 companies awaiting approval to list on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Main Board and 276 companies eyeing listings on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange’s SME and ChiNextboards as at May 14, 2020.
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