S’pore losing IPO home advantage to Hong Kong
SINGAPORE: Hong Kong Singapore’s home advantage.
Fourteen companies based in the SouthEast Asian city have chosen to list on their home stock market this year, compared with 13 on the bourse operated by Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s the biggest Singapore contingent in the North Asian city in at least a decade, the data show.
It’s not all bad news for the Lion City: Singapore Exchange Ltd beats HKEX in funds raised from the initial public offerings. Led by NetLink NBN Trust, businesses raked in a total of US$2.54bil, the data show.
That compares with US$677mil raised in Hong Kong, including from firms such as Razer Inc, one of the year’s hottest technology IPOs.
Razer chief executive officer Tan Min-Liang said in a Bloomberg Television interview earlier this month that Hong Kong was “the perfect location” for the firm to access capital.
The companies that went to Hong Kong had a patchy post-IPO showing.
Five stocks suffered double-digit tumbles of as much as 42%, the data show. Singapore saw three of its debut stocks fall, with the largest decline at 5.6%.
Hong Kong has seen a total of 138 IPOs this year, raising US$14.9bil, according to Bloomberg data. Singapore had 18 initial share sales that raised US$2.65bil, more than the US$2bil raised in 2016 and 2015 combined, the data show. — Bloomberg is eroding