China Transaction Insights – Summer 2018

Over the past five years, more than 60 companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges with business operations primarily in China have completed going-private transactions. Activity has declined from the peak level seen in 2016, with six transactions closed in 2017, and one closed and two announced deals so far this year.

IPO activity for Chinese companies on U.S. exchanges has surged recently, with 21 new listings in 2017 for US$3.1 billion of funds raised, and 19 transactions so far through July of this year for US$5.7 billion of funds raised.

As of July 31, 2018, there were 155 China-based companies listed on the Nasdaq, NYSE and AMEX, representing over US$900 billion in total market capitalization.

While China’s overall outbound investment activity continues to show steady growth, Chinese acquisitions and investments in the United States have declined significantly amidst stricter government policies and rising trade tensions between the two countries.

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