FirstFT: Market uncertainty causes longest U.S. tech IPO drought in over 20 years

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Hello. The year-to-date stock market downturn has caused the longest drought in U.S. tech stock prices this century, with experts cautious about the pace of a recovery even after tentative signs of life in other sectors.

Wednesday will mark 238 days without an IPO worth more than $50 million, surpassing previous records set in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis and the dotcom crash of the early 2000s, according to research by the Morgan Stanley’s Technology Capital Markets team.

The US stock market has been rocked this year by the Federal Reserve’s battle to reduce inflation through aggressive interest rate hikes. Higher rates affected stock market valuations by reducing the value of future earnings and raised fears that the economy could be pushed into recession.

High-growth tech stocks dominated last year’s record IPO market and saw some of the biggest gains during the stock market boom, but they’ve also been disproportionately hurt by this year’s sell-off. .

The tech-dominated Nasdaq Composite has fallen nearly 28% so far this year, compared to a drop of just over 19% in the S&P 500, while the Renaissance IPO index, which tracks US listed companies over the past two years, is down more than 45 percent.

“There is enormous uncertainty in the market right now, and uncertainty is the enemy of the IPO market,” said Matt Walsh, head of technology equity capital markets at SVB Securities.

“I think we’ll need to see some stabilization in the outlook and investors pull back to buy existing government securities before they’re ready to move away from the risk curve and buy tech IPOs.”

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