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IPO Outlook: 2021 Saw Record Numbers But Poor Returns; 2022 Looks Muted

Number Of 2021 Offerings Exceeded 2020, But Returns Faltered

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Initial public offering momentum decelerated as stock prices declined last year, but even with lower valuations making M&A more attractive, the IPO market this year is expected to be active. 

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