Sector Focus

Financials retained its top spot when it comes to the value and volume of deals recorded in the first half of the year, despite witnessing a drop in both. A total of USD 20.7 billion-worth of deals were recorded, a 33% fall on the same time in 2017, across 115 deals, down from 119.
The sector accounted for two out of the top ten IPOs during the period: AXA Equitable Holdings and DWS Group. Industrials and High Technology were the most active in terms of volume with 84 deals recorded in H1 2018. Capital raised from High Technology jumped by 44% to USD 18.9 billion while Industrials declined 25% to USD 9.4 billion. The only other sector to raise more than USD 10 billion was Healthcare with USD 11.3 billion, up 44% on the year. Healthcare and Real Estate also recorded a higher level of capital raising in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
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