June 28, 2022

IPO volume down 90% y/y

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Private Canadian companies looking to IPO will have to wait until the window reopens.

Companies last year defied the coronavirus pandemic to go public at a record pace. Now, market volatility, inflation and fears of a downturn have brought an abrupt end to the listing party.

Companies have raised a combined $4.9 billion via US initial public offerings this year, less than 6% of the record sum raised in the first half of 2021, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, While 2021’s volume was an historical outlier, this year’s paltry total distantly trails the $47 billion five-year average for the period.

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