30 Mar '16, 10pm

Singapore Toppled as King of Southeast Asia's IPOs

Singapore Toppled as King of Southeast Asia's IPOs

Singapore’s reign as the premier destination for initial public offerings in Southeast Asia has come to an end. The city-state’s exchange had the smallest haul of new share sales among the region’s four largest stock markets in 2015. Listings this year on Southeast Asia’s biggest bourse have totaled $34 million, lagging Thailand and Malaysia. Singapore’s slide down the IPO rankings reflects not so much its own failings, but the growing ability of rivals from Jakarta to Bangkok to convince local issuers to stay at home instead of flocking to the regional hub. Indonesia, which has Southeast Asia’s biggest population and largest economy, plans to start an exchange dedicated to young technology companies, while Thailand’s premier has highlighted the importance of the country’s capital markets. “The smaller Southeast Asian exchanges have been promoting themselves as a listing v...

Full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-30/the-gia...

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