Monday, August 30, 2010

As I.P.O.’s Stall, M.&A. Thrives

Languishing stock prices have put a brake on companies’ bids to tap public markets for new capital, while sparking a whirlwind of mergers and acquisitions from firms rushing to take advantage of cheap valuations, Reuters reported.
A number of United States companies have delayed their plans for an initial public offering after recent issues suffered in a weak stock market and forced a steep I.P.O. discount, bankers said, adding that more companies are engaging in a dual-track I.P.O. and M.&A. process.
The prospect of a continued fragile economy and choppy stock market conditions is making I.P.O.’s a less attractive way to raise capital, and more companies are considering a sale instead, bankers said.
“If the I.P.O. market is choppy, that gives a leg up to M&A and more of those (deals) may end up converting to M&A opportunities,” said Richard Truesdell, co-head of the global capital markets group at law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.
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