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2014 Looks to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

After a peak of IPO activity at the end of the 20th century, we could be seeing a new trend of rising IPO activity caused by a combination of economic turnaround and a plethora of companies ready to go public. IPO activity has mimicked general market trends over the past decade and a half.

2014 Looks to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

In 2000 US IPO activity experienced a surge that nearly doubled the average rate, therefore there were about eighty three IPOs in that year. Conversely, the mid 2000s and the year 2009 showed a sharp decrease in IPO activity. Numbers fell from an average of forty to ten and below. In 2009, there was only one IPO registered.

Currently we are seeing another rise in IPO activity as markets rebound from the Great Recession. Possibly we are also seeing companies that would have gone public earlier filing for IPOs now because of higher investor confidences and a more certain economic future.

Grpahic: Number of IPO’s With 100%+ First Day Returns by Year

In 1999 IPOs had a successful run, where one hundred and eighteen IPOs were able to produce gains on their very first days.

Number of IPO's With 100%+ First Day Returns by Year

In 2000 that number had decreased almost by half. Eighty four IPOs made gains on their debut.

The numbers experienced a sharp drop from the next year onward.

As noted in the chart above, which is a bar graph showing the numbers of IPOs which made gains on their first day, from 2000 to 2012, there was drought of immediately successful IPO first day gains. For this twelve year period, the biggest number of IPO gains was in the single digits, however, the average rate of IPO first day gains was zero, for that entire period.

IPOs experienced a sharp rise in 2013 when a whopping six IPOs made first day gains. In the next year, that number dropped down to four.

However these two years, 2013 and 2014 were the most successful years for the fourteen year period. These success may be a sign of some things to come as we see more established startups filing for IPOs as developed companies, and perhaps it also has something do with a general economic turnaround.

2014 Is Gearing Up to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

Based on the chart below it looks like 2014 is gearing up to be the most active IPO market since 2000. The image shows the year-to-date US IPO (Initial Public Offering) activity from the year 1999 to March 7 of the year 2014. The image is a graph, showing number of US IPOs on the y axis and years on the x axis.

2014 Is Gearing Up to be the Most Active IPO Market Since 2000

In 1999 the IPO market showed average activity with an amount of forty one IPOs being offered. This was countered in the next year, the year 2000, with an above-average surge of IPOs. In 2000 there were eighty three IPOs, much more than in any consecutive year. This made 2000 a very remarkable year.

For the next three years, IPO activity diminished with twelve, ten and four IPOs offered in 2001, 2002 and 2003, respectively. IPO activity then realized a resurgence to near average levels between 2004 and 207. In 2006 there were 35 IPOs, which was the most activity experienced during any one year in that period.

In 2008 and 2009 IPO market activity once again entered a slump, as neither year produced more than ten IPOs.

Growth was slow in 2010 with only fourteen IPOs offered, an d eventually IPO activity averaged in the early to mid twenties for the next three years. In 2014, IPO market activity approached the high levels once seen in 1999, when forty IPOs were offered.