2012 IPO Watch - Analysis and trends

In a year highlighted by the much anticipated Facebook IPO, the third largest IPO in US history, a key success factor for companies wanting to IPO continued to be the ability to take advantage of windows of opportunity, and being ready to roadshow and price on short notice.

The US IPO market experienced an increase in activity in 2012, both in the number of IPOs and capital raised. US markets saw 146 IPOs raise proceeds of $42.9 billion, compared to the 134 IPOs in 2011, totaling proceeds of $35.5 billion. With increased momentum in the early days of 2013, we believe that the US IPO market will remain strong, and IPOs will be popular with companies and investors.

Some themes for the 2012 IPO year include:

  • Mega-IPOs boost proceeds
  • Financial sponsors remain key to IPO activity
  • JOBS Act changes filing provisions
  • IPOs outperform broader US markets
  • Macroeconomic challenges drive uncertainty