With the apparent resurgence in the IPO market, it seemed timely to revisit my last blog What to know before you IPO and ask, “what’s changed?”
After doing a little digging, it seemed to me there are several points worth making, which haven’t really been front and centre in the popular press. Namely:
- Yes, the IPO market has recovered from the depressed levels of past years, but it’s still at low levels;
- The markets appear to be primarily focused on revenues and less so on earnings;
- High valuation levels being accorded IPOs is at least one of the driving factors of this resurgence and there is a growing gap between valuation of revenues and profits that should provide a cautionary note for investors.
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