The market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has ground to a halt in 2023. There were just 14 new listings in the first six months of the year. According to our latest research, the first half of 2023 has been one of Australia’s quietest periods for IPOs since the late-2000s – lower even than during the global financial crisis or the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of activity reflects the persistently difficult environment for IPOs that emerged towards the end of 2022, when there was a noticeable slowdown in IPO activity in the second half of the year.
The 2023 IPO Watch Mid-Year Report includes commentary and data analysis on share price performance, sector analysis, IPO subscription rates, a review of activity for the first two quarters of the year, and the market outlook for the remainder of the year.
* Large cap companies are defined as those with a market capitalisation in excess of $100 million. Small cap, companies are defined as those with a market capitalisation of $100 million or less. All data excludes property trusts.
A snapshot of Australia's recent listing activityDownload the report
As of 30 June 2023, there was a total of 11 potential upcoming floats on the ASX, seeking to raise $693 million. The resources sector continues to be a strong contributor with seven of the potential listings being Materials companies. Historically, Materials listings have dominated the small cap listings, and it is likely that this trend will continue over the next six months given current market conditions.
Underlying factors impacting the IPO market include a significant degree of uncertainty across global markets, weaker indicators, and a slowdown in the world economy due to tighter monetary conditions. The outlook for the remainder of 2023 is expected to be challenging with tight capital markets.
The average funds sought across all potential new listings is $63 million. This figure represents the two large cap listings as well as the remaining nine potential entrants which are seeking significantly smaller amounts.
First published in 2004, IPO Watch Australia is a benchmarking-based report. The research analyses Australian listing activity. The primary report is released in January, and it explores IPO activity over the previous 12-month period. The Mid-Year Report is a short-form report published in July. It focuses on market activity for the first six months of the year. The reports are authored by corporate & audit services partner, Marcus Ohm.
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We are an association of award-winning accounting and advisory firms in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Our firms currently audit over 6% of all ASX-listed companies and 10% of all ASX-listed resources companies in Australia. In addition to audit-related services, HLB Mann Judd provides a broad range of advisory and tax services. We can assist with the preparation for an IPO and in evaluating the benefits and feasibility of an IPO against alternative strategic options.