Thursday 5 February 2009

Growth Companies’ Issues on AIM

Last week Heather attended the Growth Company Investor seminar about New Issues on AIM. As usual GCI’s team of researchers had produced some intriguing data:

£1billion raised during 2008, less than 14% of the £6.25 billion generated in 2007

Food is the best performing sector on AIM

• The most active NOMAD is Seymour Pierce with 6 IPOs, for which it helped raise
£117.9 million

• Investment fund specialist, Fairfax, raised 2nd highest amount via the single £116 million transaction for the Terra Catalyst Fund

• Leading NOMAD in terms of client price performance was WH Ireland

Cenkos, Grant Thornton and KBC Peel Hunt all completed 5 floats apiece

Collins Stewart’s two IPO clients performed strongly – acquisitive shell Marwyn Materials up 55% and Yangtze down only 8%

• The most active accountants are Deloitte and KPMG, jointly with 9 clients each followed by specialists Grant Thornton and Baker Tilly with 8 each

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