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What should investors know about capital raisings on the Australian Securities Exchange? This series highlights past, present and future trends to be aware of.
The impact of COVID-19 led to increased capital raising activity in Australia in 2020, as companies raced for cash in order to survive the uncertainty and economic toll of the pandemic.
In fact, 2020 was a historic year for equity capital raisings in the country, with the highest total activity seen in the country since 2015 and a record number of equity issuances, according to Refinitiv.
The temporary collapse in share prices and increase in market volatility at the start of the COVID-19 period resulted in a much larger than normal number of companies raising capital to ensure they were well capitalised to navigate such uncertainty, said Timothy Toner.
“The most successful companies generally raised capital opportunistically for growth-related purposes,” added Toner, who is managing director and founder at Vesparum Capital.
Companies from all sectors and industries, from the resource space to the tech arena, were successful in their efforts to increase capital to weather the COVID-19 storm.
This year is also looking bright for companies across the technology, healthcare, financial and resource markets, all of which will likely continue to benefit from investor demand.
Click through the articles listed to better understand what every investor should know about capital raisings in Australia, recent initial public offerings and what might be ahead for 2021.
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Securities Disclosure: I, Priscila Barrera, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
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