27 May '16, 7pm

Will Manulife's $470 million IPO turn the tide?

New share offerings by companies in Southeast Asia have been at a low this year. According to Dealogic, a financial analytics and technology firm, the amount raised in the region in the current year is just US$505 million, a fraction of the US$2.6 billion raised a year ago. The modest volume of IPOs in Singapore could be due to the volatility of the stock market. The Straits Times Index was hammered down 12.1 percent in January only to rebound in March and April before beginning a downward slide in May. An important reason for this decline has been the sharp increase in redemptions from funds which have invested heavily in the Singapore stock market. The necessity to pay back investors has led to increased selling pressure in the equity markets. In these conditions, Manulife's US$470 million IPO is evoking a surprisingly positive response. Are REITs making a comeback? Manu...

Full article: http://sbr.com.sg/markets-investing/commentary/will-manul...

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