IPO Watch Europe surveys all new primary market equity IPOs on Europe’s principal stock markets and market segments (including exchanges in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK) on a quarterly basis. Movements between markets on the same exchange and greenshoe offerings are excluded.
The European IPO market continued to build momentum throughout 2013 – finishing the year with a bang. The final quarter accounted for half of the total proceeds raised in the whole year. Following a strong final quarter in 2012, activity was slow to gather pace at the start of 2013. As the year unfolded momentum developed and we saw a buoyant fourth quarter with over 100 companies successfully floating.