Reports on Ernst & Young’s Optimism for the US IPO Pipeline for Q4-2011

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E&Y notes that recent gains In the stock market have investors and companies feeling more confident about IPOs.

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Big4, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC reviewed a recent Ernst & Young report concerning an upswing in companies ready to go public in Q4-2011.

There were several reasons revealed in Ernst & Young’s U.S. IPO Pipeline Analysis at the end of 3Q-2011 which demonstrated that the U.S. IPO pipeline had a large number of companies ready to go public in 4Q-2011. The recent gains in the stock market did make both companies and investors more confident about IPOs; and the the update, reported during the fourth quarter of 2011, showed 27 effective IPOs were issued, a good increase of 69% from 3Q-2011.

Of the 178 IPOs currently in the pipeline, 37 or 21% are in Technology, 19 or 11% in Oil & Gas, and 18 or 10% in Banking and Capital Markets. On average, the IPOs on file with the SEC have been in registration for 7 months. also noted that Jackie Kelley, Americas IPO Leader for Ernst & Young highlighted managerial diligence, endurance and organizational discipline as instrumental to successful companies in 2012.

The optimism centered around new registrants who were still on file as of 4Q-2011. These registrants were mostly consumer finance and mortgage finance companies, like Enova International, Nationstar Mortgage, Home Loan Servicing Solutions, and Ally Financial.

There were some unusual findings, in that technology IPOs noted only a modest increase from 2010 to 2011, but the overall value did increase 72% and raised more than $8 billion in proceeds.

Ernst & Young also noted the Oil & Gas sector continued improving in 4Q-2011 with the Southwest US dominating. Ten IPOs were issued in this sector with total proceeds of $2.4 billion in 4Q-2011, compared to 5 issues and $1.5 billion proceeds in 3Q-2011. In 4Q-2011, five companies entered the pipeline seeking to raise $1.2 billion in proceeds.

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