Initial public offerings (IPO’s) seems to be the way to go when companies want to raise new capital.
In 2012, we saw Facebook go the market for the first time , followed hot on its heels by Twitter in 2013.
UK companies did not miss out on this trend with both the Royal Mail and Foxtons (UK Estate Agents) raising capital just over 6 years ago via the UK stock market.
The USA stock exchange has often been the place to be for many well known companies based outside of America. Man Utd raised $233m on the NYSE.
Then the big one, on 18 September 2014 , Alibaba’s IPO was priced at US$68, raising US$21.8 billion for the company and investors. Alibaba was the biggest US IPO in history, bigger than Google, Facebook, and Twitter combined.
Now, it’s the turn of the the Far East. China’s second largest online retailer JD.com has raised almost $4bn (£3.2bn) after making its Hong Kong Stock Exchange recent debut.
Several other firms that are based in China are now preparing similar listings in Hong Kong.