Regional companies raised a total of $1.29 billion through five initial public offerings (IPOs)  in the second quarter of 2012. This is almost three-and-a-half times more than the $374.77 million raised in the second quarter of 2011 and 15.46 times more than the $82.8 million raised in the first quarter of this year, according to Ernst & Young's MENA second quarter 2012 IPO update.
A total of $1.37 billion was raised in the IPO  markets by regional companies in the first six months of this year as compared to $396.47 million in the first half of 2011 - a growth of approximately 3.5 times. Saudi Arabia's Al Tayyar Travel Group led regional IPO deal sizes with its $364.65 million listing on the Tadawul, followed by Saudi Airlines Catering's $354.09 million and the Kingdom's Najran Cement's $226.58 million IPO, also listed on the Tadawul. UAE-based NMC Healthcare that listed on the London Stock Exchange in April, came in at fourth position with a $187 million IPO followed by Oman's Bank Nizwa which raised $158.49 million and listed on the Muscat Stock Market. Phil Gandier, MENA head of Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young said: "The sudden spike in IPO activity in the second quarter was an exceptional event within a consistently depressed MENA IPO market.
There were only four IPOs in the second quarter whose ticket sizes made the difference while most country markets remain slow. The summer period is traditionally quiet so the third quarter will most probably bring these levels down again.""Equally, the Bank Nizwa public offer was a result of the regulatory changes in Oman's banking sector which has recently approved Islamic banking, while the NMC Healthcare listing did not raise funds in the region, but in London. We expect the Saudi market to continue listing a steady but modest flow of new companies during the remainder of 2012," he added.
Global IPO activity
Global IPO activity saw an improvement in second quarter 2012, according to Ernst & Young's Global IPO update. So far this quarter, a total of 206 deals has raised $41.8 billion, an increase of 5 per cent by deal numbers and 141 per cent higher by capital raised compared to first quarter 2012 ($17.4 billion via 196 deals). However, this quarter was 46 per cent lower by number of deals and 36 per cent lower by capital raised than in second quarter 2011 ($65.6 billion). This quarter, the overall capital raised was boosted by Facebook's $16 billion IPO , which made up 38 per cent of this quarter's total. Even without this public offer of shares, the overall global IPO activity in second quarter 2012 ($25.8 billion) was 49 per cent higher by capital raised compared to first quarter 2012.
By funds raised, the top three exchanges in second quarter were Nasdaq, which accounted for 42 per cent of global capital raised with 12 IPOs ($17.5 billion), New York Stock Exchange (10.9 per cent, $4.6 billion in 15 IPOs), and Bursa Malaysia (8 per cent, $3.4 billion in four IPOs). Maria Pinelli, Global Strategic Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young said: "The second quarter results show relative optimism for capital-raising. However, this optimism is in certain markets and capital market activity continues to be hampered by lack of investor confidence and economic uncertainty. Balanced monetary policy in the developed and emerging economies will be important for investor and issuers' confidence to return."