US equity and IPO capital markets raise record-breaking USD125bn from 389 IPOs in Q1 2021

IPO activity in the US had the strongest first quarter in the year 2021, continuing the strong momentum seen in the second half of the year.

According to the research data analysed and published by Finaria, 389 US-based IPOs raised a total of USD125 billion in Q1 2021, up from the 33 issuances that raised USD10 billion in Q1 2020. From this total, there were 298 SPAC deals raising a collective USD87 billion. That was higher than the amount raised in the whole of 2020.

On the global landscape, proceeds from traditional IPOs set a five-year record. Based on a report by KPMG, 458 issuances raised USD96 billion in the period which ended on 24 March, 2021. That was up from 252 deals that raised USD30 billion in Q1 2020.

US, Hong Kong and A-Share Markets Lead with USD61.4 Billion from Traditional IPOs, 63 per cent of Global Total

In the US, the total number of SPACs in Q1 2021 was thrice the figure posted in Q3 2020, which was when the trend became popular.

In Q1 2021, there were only 91 traditional IPOs in the country, raising USD38 billion. For the 24 SPACs that completed mergers during the quarter, there was a 27 per cent return. Traditional IPOs, on the other hand, had a 15 per cent return while key indices, S&P 500 and  NASDAQ gained 6 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively.

During the period of Q1 2021 covered by the KPMG report, the US, Hong Kong and A-share markets took the lead globally. They raised a total of USD61.4 billion, accounting for 63 per cent of global proceeds.

NASDAQ was the leading stock exchange with USD22.1 billion in traditional IPO proceeds. The NYSE was second with USD15.6 billion and the HKEX took third spot with USD13.9 billion. For the entire first quarter of 2021, NASDAQ had a record-setting 275 issuances, both traditional and SPAC, raising USD74.4 billion.

According to Bloomberg, Asian companies set a new record, raising USD49.3 billion from first-time share issuances, at home and abroad. It marked a 154 per cent jump from the total proceeds posted in Q1 2020.