IPO Watch Europe Q2 2018

European IPO markets raise €21.8bn in H1 2018, with proceeds up 5% compared to H1 2017

European IPO markets raise €9.3bn in Q2 2018

The European IPO market ended H1 2018 with total proceeds raised for the first half of the year of €21.8bn raised from 168 IPOs, an increase of 5% in money raised and 4% increase in the number of IPOs compared to H1 2017, when 161 IPOs raised €20.8bn. IPO activity in Q2 2018 was subdued across Europe with total proceeds for the quarter of €9.3bn raised from 99 IPOs, a decrease of 43% in money raised and 7% decrease in the number of IPOs compared to Q2 2017, when 106 IPOs raised €16.2bn.

The London Stock Exchange is the number one exchange in Europe by volume and value this quarter with 25 IPOs raising £2.8bn

Despite ongoing uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations, London has shown it is still able to attract cross-border IPOs with two of the top five European IPOs in Q2 taking place in London. Czech-based Avast plc and Africa-focused Vivo Energy raised £692m and £603m respectively. The Technology sector dominated UK IPOs, accounting for 40% of values, including the third largest IPO of the quarter from Avast plc which raised €788m.

There is continued confidence in the European IPO market

Pricing will likely remain a challenge and investors are increasingly selective. That said, we expect to see the volume of IPO activity picking up again in the second half of the year. The only mega-IPO of the quarter was Ceva Logistics which raised €1.1bn on the SIX Swiss Exchange, representing 12% of the Q2 IPO values.

“Despite a more subdued second quarter, and the current economic and political outlook, the market is open and deals are being done.”

Mark Hughes, Capital Markets Leader

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Mark Hughes
Partner, Capital Markets, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7736 599 759

Lucy Tarleton
UK Capital Markets Director​, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7701 295718

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