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As US IPO Market Languishes, Listings Head East to Booming China

  • Asia IPOs account for record percentage of global volumes
  • US share of worldwide IPOs drops to 14% as deals vanish

The epicenter of global initial public offering activity has shifted east to China as waves of volatility and slumping stock markets have sent virtually all sizable listings in the US into limbo.

Stock listings in Asia have raised $104 billion this year, accounting for a record 68% of global volume, data compiled by Bloomberg show. By contrast, US IPOs represent just 14% of the $153 billion fetched globally, the lowest ever for what has traditionally been the busiest listings market in the world.