The UK Initial Public Offerings (“IPO”) market has experienced a substantial increase in stock market activity recently, with 2013 celebrating the best full year of flotations since 2007 and 2014 already exceeding 2013’s performance levels. The AIM market has been at the forefront of this resurgence, recording an increase of 151% in fundraising in H1 2014 over H1 2013, during which time the average primary fundraising for AIM has more than doubled from £16.9 million to £38.3 million.
The Food and Beverage sector has recently begun to process several high profile deals with Moy Park and United Biscuits in the pipeline, following the highly successful flotation of JustEat. Other potential IPOs include: Quorn, Weetabix and Adelie, signalling strong interest from the City in this sector.
Until this week all the indicators for an upward trend in IPOs were present but current market conditions may take their toll.
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