Thursday 14 March 2019
The UAE is among the 18 top countries that will lead the raising of equity capital by 2030, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit cited in a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, ‘Capital Markets 2030: The Future of Equity Capital Markets’.
Although the growth of emerging market (EM) exchanges has been more subdued than anticipated in 2011, Chinese and Indian companies are still expected to dominate future capital raising, the report says. Technology companies have featured strongly in initial public offering (IPO) activity in recent years; this is expected to continue, as the sector generates significant demand for equity in public markets, it added.
The competition between exchanges to attract ‘unicorns’ and ‘new economy’ companies has intensified, particularly between the US and China (mainland China and Hong Kong). Alongside this, the range of capital raising options has increased significantly as the established private equity and venture capital pools have grown, complemented by numerous alternatives.
According to pwc, the public equity markets remain the natural destination for many companies, and can play a vital role in the healthy functioning of the global economy.
PricewaterhouseCoopers / Economist Intelligence Unit