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High-tech IPOs in the USA, UK and Europe after the dot-com bubble


  • Keith Pilbeam
  • Frank Nagle


From 1998 to 2001, the high-tech industry saw a dramatic increase and subsequent sharp decline in market capitalisation during a phenomenon known as the dot-com bubble. During this time there were a large number of private companies that made the decision to go public via an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of stock on the general equities market. After the dot-com crash of 2001, the IPO market for high-tech companies changed dramatically. Far fewer companies went public, and they had much lower first-day returns than those during the bubble. This paper explores the first-day returns of high-tech IPOs in the USA and Europe in the post-bubble era. We compare the results of the 2002–2005 post-bubble period with those of the 1998–2001 dot-com bubble period. We find that the high-tech IPO market was dramatically affected by the dot-com crash and that, after the crash, the number of high-tech IPOs dropped considerably, as did the average first-day returns of these IPOs. Finally, we find that the European high-tech IPO market was not as adversely affected by the dot-com crash as the American market.

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  • Keith Pilbeam & Frank Nagle, 2009. "High-tech IPOs in the USA, UK and Europe after the dot-com bubble," International Journal of Financial Services Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 4(1), pages 64-75.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijfsmg:v:4:y:2009:i:1:p:64-75

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