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10 Oct 2021

Year to date global IPO activity exceeds full year 2020 deals and proceeds; India beats 20-year record

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  • Q3 2021 was the most active third quarter by deal numbers and proceeds in 20 years
  • Global IPO volumes rose 87% and proceeds rose by 99% year-on-year
  • In India, the total proceeds in YTD 2021 are US$9.7b via 72 IPOs - the highest first nine months proceeds in the last 20 years

NEW DELHI, 10 October 2021: The global IPO market continued to boom through Q3 2021 resulting in the most active third quarter by deal numbers and proceeds in the last 20 years. In India, total proceeds in YTD 2021 are US$9.7b via 72 IPOs also being the highest first nine months proceeds in the last 20 years.

Globally, Q3 2021 saw 18% more deals than the previous third quarter record set in 2007 and 11%  higher proceeds than the last record-setting third quarter in 2020. In Q3 2021 alone there have been 547 IPOs raising US$106.3b. Year-to-date (YTD) there have been a total of 1,635 IPOs raising US$330.7b, an 87% and 99% increase year-on-year, respectively. Overall, Q3 totals YTD have already surpassed 2020 by both deal numbers and proceeds.

In India, the most active sector was Diversified Industrial Products with eight IPOs followed by the Technology sector with five IPOs. These sectors were also the largest in terms of Issue proceeds in Q3 2021. The three largest IPOs in terms of proceeds were Zomato Limited, Nuvoco Vistas Corp Limited, and Chemplast Sanmar Limited.

Prashant Singhal, Emerging Markets, Technology, Media, Telecom (TMT) Leader, EY said, “The Indian IPO market has been on a bullish run and has witnessed one of the most active quarters since Q4 2017. The outlook for the next quarter remains positive with several new-economy and technology-driven IPOs expected. Equity indices are at an all-time high giving a boost to the primary market. Similar to global markets, investors are willing to invest in companies with attractive business models, fair valuations, good corporate governance and quality of management teams.”

There have been several amendments in the regulations for listing in India viz. reduction in lock-in period, changes in the composition of committees, reduced disclosure for group companies, changes in roles and functions of Independent Directors, changes in ESOP regulations, etc. which have brought more relaxations in disclosures to be made by companies going for an IPO. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is also proposing Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) like structure in India which will bring further momentum. More than 35 companies have filed their Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) in Q3 2021.

Global details by region

A key driver of activity in the third quarter was the rebound of IPO markets in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA), particularly Europe, India and Tel Aviv exchanges, as well as IPO candidates racing to raise capital before expected tapering begins. With the exception of the Europe market, the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) pause seen in Q2 has extended to Q3.

In the Americas, the traditional IPO market has continued at an accelerated pace, with 409 IPOs raising US$133.6b. In the Asia-Pacific region, while there are some signs of a market slowdown, the region continues to be active, producing 750 IPOs raising US$123.4b YTD. Meanwhile, the EMEIA region is experiencing a steady stream of activities with 476 IPOs raising US$73.7b.

From a sector perspective, technology, health care and industrials once again rose to the top of the pack retaining their firm grasp on investor attention. For the fifth consecutive quarter since Q3 2020, technology generated the highest year-to-date number of deals (419), raising the highest amount in proceeds for the sixth consecutive quarter, from Q2 2020 (US$116.4b). Health care followed with 287 IPOs raising US$49.2b by proceeds, and industrials came in third with 204 IPOs raising US$35.3b by proceeds. These and other findings were published today by EY.

Paul Go, EY Global IPO Leader, says:

Global IPO markets continue to perform well in Q3 2021, already outperforming the entirety of 2020 by both deal numbers and proceeds. Some key drivers through this period include the triumphant rebound of EMEIA IPO markets, as well as IPO candidates moving quickly before the window closes. As we head into the last quarter and market uncertainties and volatility continue to intensify, it is important to be well prepared, consider alternatives to the traditional IPO route and be realistic on valuation to ensure success.”

EMEIA makes a significant contribution to global activities

EMEIA is performing strongly with 476 IPOs raising US$73.7b, a substantial 263% and 313% acceleration respectively year-on-year. The significant growth in the region compared to Asia-Pacific and the Americas shows that the EMEIA markets are not immediately reactive to activity experienced by the rest of the world. When it comes to the sectors in the region, technology far outpaced the rest with 143 IPOs raising US$21.9b by proceeds.

The UK is experiencing a swell with 66 IPOs (a 633% increase) raising US$15.9b by proceeds which increased 124% year-on-year. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions, in particular, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, also saw notable gains with 88 IPOs raising US$5.3b, an increase of 340% by deals and 242% increase by proceeds.

Americas IPO activity maintains hot streak

IPO activities in the Americas are not slowing down. 2021 continues to beat the most active 20-year record by deal numbers and proceeds. YTD, the Americas has seen 409 IPOs raise US$133.6b by proceeds, a 118% and 113% respective increase year-on-year. The health care sector saw the most deals with 143 IPOs raising $29.0b, and technology saw the highest proceeds raised (US$60.2b) by 122 IPOs.

While SPAC activity in the US remains elevated, it is not quite at the same breakneck speed seen at the end of 2020 and in Q1 of this year. Transactions continue to be announced daily, but the SPAC market is facing some headwinds: an oversupply of SPACs has created bidding wars, tepid trading performance, lower trading liquidity and the private investments in public equity (PIPE) market has softened while facing increased regulatory and congressional scrutiny. The SPAC market will continue to be an attractive option for the public market, though closing deals may become harder for SPAC sponsors.

The US continues to see strong growth YTD with 323 IPOs, a 117% increase year-on-year, which raised US$117.3b by proceeds – up 110% year-on-year. Meanwhile, Brazil’s B3 exchange also performed strongly, with 44 IPOs raising US$11.4b, a 144% and 157% respective increase year-on-year.

Asia-Pacific holds steady despite volatility

While the Asia-Pacific region maintained steady momentum through Q3, the region may soon experience a slow down due to geopolitical tensions and ongoing volatility that is expected to continue. YTD, the region has recorded 750 IPOs, an increase of 35% year-on-year, which raised US$123.4b by proceeds – a 44% year-on-year bump. Technology is the most active sector in the region by both deal numbers (154 IPOs) and proceeds (US$34.3b).

Greater China continued to see gains YTD, with 444 IPOs raising US$94.1b by proceeds, a 13% and 20% respective increase. While activity continues to increase, the market experienced a complete halt of cross-border IPOs from China into the US market during this quarter, impacting both the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas.

Japan experienced a 50% increase in IPOs (81) and a 195% increase by proceeds (US$4.0b) through the third quarter. This acceleration is owed to high liquidity, strong local stock market performance and improving sentiment in part due to the successful hosting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, despite a lack of stimulus funds from the government and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q4 2021 outlook: strike while the market remains favorable

As we near the end of 2021, a few uncertainties lie ahead that could increase market volatility and challenges for a successful IPO. In the meantime, while we expect a steady pipeline of deals to continue, companies should be looking to make the most of the favorable market conditions and go public. However, a host of uncertainties remain: geopolitical tensions, regulatory changes in flux, inflation risks and tapering by the US Federal Reserve. At the same time, new variants of COVID-19 are disrupting a full global economic recovery, and a majority of the sectors are affected.

Serious IPO candidates should look to prepare themselves as early as possible and be ready to launch quickly, if needed. While preparing, they should be realistic about the right path for the company and consider alternatives as needed. Finally, as organizations review their strategic priorities, environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals must be addressed as investors now consider these to be imperative.


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About the data

The data presented here and available on is from Dealogic and EY. Year to date 2021 (i.e., January-September) is based on completed IPOs from 1 January 2021 to 21 September and expected IPOs by the end of September 2021. Data as of close of business 21 September UK time. All data contained in this document is sourced from Dealogic, CB Insights, Crunchbase and EY unless otherwise noted. Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) IPOs are excluded in all data included in this report, except where indicated. 

2012 to 2020 cover the full year.
Source: Dealogic, EY

Third quarter IPO activity

Month/Quarter Number of IPOs Proceeds (US$b)
July 2019  134  $15.4 
August 2019  55  $6.3 
September 2019  62  $18.2 
Q3 2019 251 $39.9
July 2020  147  $33.4 
August 2020  123  $22.6 
September 2020  175  $40.2 
Q3 2020 445 $96.2
July 2021  276  $46.2 
August 2021  110  $32.1 
September 2021  161  $28.0 
Q3 2021 547 $106.3
Source: Dealogic, EY
Appendix: January 2021 – September 2021 global IPOs by sector
Sectors  Number of IPOs  Percentage of global IPOs  Proceeds (US$b)  Percentage of global capital raised 
Consumer products 120  7.3%  17.4  5.3% 
Consumer staples  82  5.0%  15.1  4.6% 
Energy  104  6.4%  20.2  6.1% 
Financials  68  4.2%  20.3  6.1% 
Health care  287  17.6%  49.2  14.9% 
Industrials  204  12.5%  35.3  10.7% 
Materials  193  11.8%  17.0  5.1% 
Media and entertainment  36  2.2%  4.2  1.3% 
Real estate  62  3.8%  9.3  2.8% 
Retail  40  2.4%  13.0  3.9% 
Technology  419  25.6%  116.4  35.2% 
Telecommunications  20  1.2%  13.3  4.0% 
Global total  1,635 100.0%  330.7  100.0% 

Sector-wise break up of India IPOs for Q3 2021

Sectors Number of IPOs
Automotive & Transportation 2
Banking & Capital Markets 2
Consumer Products Retail 2
Diversified Industrial Products 8
Health 3
Life Sciences 4
Mining & Metals 1
Prof Firms & Services 1
RE, Hospitality & Construction 3
Technology 5
Grand Total 31

Sector-wise break up of India IPOs YTD 2021

Sector Number of IPOs
Automotive & Transportation 6
Banking & Capital Markets 5
Consumer Products Retail 11
Diversified Industrial Products 15
Govt & Public Sector 1
Health 4
Life Sciences 5
Media & Entertainment 1
Mining & Metals 3
Power & Utilities 1
Prof Firms & Services 5
RE, Hospitality & Construction 7
Technology 7
Telecommunications 1
Grand Total 72
Source: Dealogic, EY
Figures may not total 100% due to rounding.