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The volume and value of initial public offerings in Hong Kong soared in the first half of the year, according to a new analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Despite some companies getting cold feet and pulling planned listings in recent weeks, PwC believes the Hong Kong exchange is on track for another robust year.
Last year, the number of IPOs in Hong Kong rose by 56% and the value of funds raised increased by nearly 80%. In the first half of this year, the volume of listings rose by 55% and the value of money raised nearly tripled when compared with the same period in 2010. The number of expected IPOs in 2011—110, reckons PwC—should be roughly equal to the previous year. However, the value of fundraising, forecast at HK$380bn (US$48.8bn), is expected to fall by 15% from 2010.
Choppy markets led six firms to scrap planned Hong Kong IPOs last month, although the pipeline still looks relatively healthy. Chinese retailer Sun Art, for example, reportedly closed the books early on its HK$8bn listing. If not as lucrative as last year, the IPO market in Hong Kong still looks to be one of the busiest in the world this year.