High-tech IPOs in the USA, UK and Europe after the dot-com bubble
by Keith Pilbeam, Frank Nagle
International Journal of Financial Services Management (IJFSM), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2009

Abstract: From 1998 to 2001, the high-tech industry saw a dramatic increase and subsequent sharp decline in market capitalisation during a phenomenon known as the dot-com bubble. During this time there were a large number of private companies that made the decision to go public via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock on the general equities market. After the dot-com crash of 2001, the IPO market for high-tech companies changed dramatically. Far fewer companies went public, and they had much lower first-day returns than those during the bubble. This paper explores the first-day returns of high-tech IPOs in the USA and Europe in the post-bubble era. We compare the results of the 2002–2005 post-bubble period with those of the 1998–2001 dot-com bubble period. We find that the high-tech IPO market was dramatically affected by the dot-com crash and that, after the crash, the number of high-tech IPOs dropped considerably, as did the average first-day returns of these IPOs. Finally, we find that the European high-tech IPO market was not as adversely affected by the dot-com crash as the American market.

Online publication date: Sun, 21-Jun-2009

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