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Q1 '14 U.S. IPO activity doubled from Q1 '13

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Q1 '14 U.S. IPO activity doubled from Q1 '13

Investors Focused on U.S. Companies Innovating for Growth Long Term.

The U.S. IPO market experienced a booming first quarter, and pharmaceutical companies are leading the way with 23 deals thus far. According to EY's Global IPO update– 68 IPOs have gone effective in Q1, raising approximately $11.6 billion in proceeds. The EY U.S. IPO Pipeline Analysis indicates a surge in companies getting in line to go public with 25 new registrations entering thus far in March.

"Investors seeking out companies that are looking to innovate for long term growth are definitely the sign of a strong IPO market."

While still interested in key core sectors such as Technology and energy, investors, buoyed by strengthening capital markets, have turned their attention to health care and life sciences sectors that are typically fueled by long-term innovation-related investments carrying higher risk/reward. This trend will continue to gain steam as pharmaceutical companies secure positions as top players around innovative new models in specialized care areas.

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As market appetite increases, investors are also continuing to foster disruptive technology companies. The technology sector will experience a second wave of land grabs as companies and investors alike are looking to fill gaps in smart mobility, cloud computing, social networking, big data analytics and accelerated technology adaptation.

 "After years of consolidation, the U.S. markets are entering a period of rapid growth, in turn investor's sense the market appetite is there to make land grabs for disruptive technologies and innovative companies," said Jackie Kelley, EY Global IPO Leader. "Investors seeking out companies that are looking to innovate for long term growth are definitely the sign of a strong IPO market. Health care, pharmaceuticals, biotech, technology, and energy companies in particular will drive deal activity, for the remainder of 2014." 

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