Finance Watch: Biopharma IPOs Regain Momentum With Slate Of New Offerings
Four Companies Went Public On 18 March, Raising $678.8m
Public Company Edition: Instil Bio, Connect Biopharma, Finch Therapeutics, Gain Therapeutics and four heath care-focused SPACs launched initial public offerings; Endo raised $1.3bn via note sale; and Rubius Therapeutics, Solid Biosciences and others priced follow-on offerings.
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Biopharma stock prices overall are trending down again, but standout firms are raising cash, including the first company to price an IPO over $100m since May, Third Harmonic. Also, Sarepta and Alnylam launched large note offerings, totaling $1bn and $900m, respectively.
Only 25 more initial public offerings are needed for 2021 to beat 2020’s record-breaking 86 IPOs. However, the average return for this year’s offerings is just 1.1% as of 1 July versus 11% at the end of the first quarter.