IPO Insights Q1 2020

An overview of the key findings from the Q1’20 IPO Insights report

Conor Moore

Conor Moore

Partner, National Leader, KPMG Private Enterprise, KPMG US

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Q1 2020 Highlights

  • Q1 2020 exit activity slowed in early March; of the 24 IPOs recorded in Q1, just two were brought to market in March.
  • Healthcare listings dominated the IPO market in the first quarter.
  • Only 29 percent of the IPOs ended the quarter in positive territory (versus a five-year average of 63 percent).
  • Until the stock markets stabilize, consider the IPO markets shut. Now is the time to build the business. Expect to see some pre-IPO candidates step up their investment into new technologies and R&D.
IPO Insights Q1 2020
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While the markets remain shut for IPOs, expect PE and VC investors to start redeploying some of their dry powder into reinforcing their most viable portfolio companies. That being said, there may also be opportunities for investments in companies with solutions ideally suited to our ‘new reality’ post-COVID.
Conor Moore, Leader, KPMG Private Enterprise

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