FirstFT: Market Uncertainty Causes Longest Drought in US Tech IPO in Over 20 Years

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good morning. The stock market’s slump since the start of the year has caused the longest drought on US tech listings this century, with experts cautious about the pace of recovery even after signs of life in other sectors.

Wednesday will mark 238 days without a technology initial public offering worth more than $50 million, beating previous records set in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the crash of the internet in the early 2000s, according to research by the tech capital markets team at Morgan Stanley.

The US stock market has been shaken this year by the Federal Reserve’s battle to cut inflation through sharp interest rate increases. The higher rates have affected stock valuations by driving down future earnings, and raised fears of pushing the economy into recession.

High-growth technology stocks dominated the record-breaking IPO market last year and enjoyed some of the biggest gains during the stock market boom, but they have also been disproportionately hit by a massive sell-off this year.

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

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

“I think we will need to see some stability in the outlook and investors pull back to buy existing public securities before they are ready to go further down the risk curve and buy technical IPOs.”

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