Finance Watch: Three New IPOs, But Three Hopefuls Hold Back
Gene-Editing Specialist Caribou Raises $304m
IPO Edition: Caribou, AbSci and HCW launched initial public offerings, but three firms that were expected to go public during the week of 19-23 July did not, raising the question of whether investors are beginning to pull back from biopharma offerings.
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Only 25 more initial public offerings are needed for 2021 to beat 2020’s record-breaking 86 IPOs. However, the average return for this year’s offerings is just 1.1% as of 1 July versus 11% at the end of the first quarter.
Public Company Edition: It took 256 days for 2021 to surpass the 2020 record of 86 biopharma initial public offerings in the US in one year. Also, Procaps raised $115m ahead of its SPAC merger and aTyr and bluebird raised $75m each.
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