Biopharma IPOs In 2016: Fewer Offerings, Better Returns As Firms Adjust To Market Realities
The number of US biopharma IPOs during the first 11 months of 2016 – 29 companies went public – is less than half of the 2015 total of 62, but stock performance has improved as investors focus on quality.
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The three most recent biopharma IPOs are trading at or below their offering prices, but the average return for the 22 drug development firms that have gone public so far this year is holding steady at 11% -- thanks to a pair of super performers that have delivered triple-digit returns.
It hasn't been easy for biopharmaceutical firms to go public in the US during 2016, but as of the end of June the scrutiny seems to be paying off – at least for investors in half of this year's first-half initial public offerings.