Jul 23, 2020 07:58 PM

Charts of the Day: China’s STAR Market Becomes an IPO Bonanza

Shanghai’s Nasdaq-style STAR Market, which was set up in part to act as a testing ground for stock market reforms in the country, has become a hotbed for IPOs.

The STAR Market, which was launched in June last year and started trading the next month, cut red tape and eased restrictions for tech-savvy IPO candidates eyeing fundraising for further expansion. In recent years, China has ramped up efforts to shore up its position in the technology sector across the globe.


From the start of the year to mid-July, the high-tech board welcomed 54 new listed-companies, far surpassing 36 on Shenzhen’s SME board, 29 on Shanghai’s main board and 17 on Shenzhen’s ChiNext board. During the period, the average daily turnover ratio on the STAR Market was also far higher than any of its peers.


The data don’t include the July 16 STAR Market debut of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., the Chinese mainland’s largest IPO in a decade. In another high-profile case, Ant Group, a financial affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., has recently unveiled its plan for a dual listing on the STAR Market and in Hong Kong.

Investors have shown great enthusiasm for the high-tech board’s listings. That enthusiasm has been boosted by the performance of the companies listed there, which has been generally better than that of companies on the other boards. On average, companies in the top five sectors by market cap on the STAR Market reported higher revenue and net profit growth than their peers listed elsewhere on the mainland over the past year.


Meanwhile, the high-tech board has a greater proportion of mom-and-pop investors than its peers.


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