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BDO UNITED KINGDOM - Capital Markets: Alternative Investment Market (AIM) Insights

07 September 2016

Publications: BDO UNITED KINGDOM - Capital Markets: Alternative Investment Market (AIM) Insights

Susana Boo, Director, International Corporate Finance Coordinator |

Original content provided by BDO United Kingdom

The BDO UK Capital Markets team have produced a 6 monthly survey analysing the performance of AIM and AIM listed companies.

  • How has AIM performed relative to the FTSE All Share? 
  • What have been the trends in the number and size of AIM listed companies and how successful have they been in raising equity funds? 
  • Which sectors have been most in demand and which advisers have been most active? 

The shadow of Brexit was cast over the UK economy and its capital markets for most of the first half of 2016. This and a stuttering world economy, weighed down by slow growth in China and other emerging market economies, formed the backdrop for capital markets activity in the six months to June 2016.

Many AIM investors and advisers were cautious at the start of the year, as 2015 had been a difficult year for IPOs, rules governing eligibility for EIS and VCT status had been materially tightened and the global economic slowdown weighed on business confidence. Although these factors clearly made for a challenging environment for the capital markets, there were a few bright spots in the first half of 2016 for the AIM market, particularly in relation to IPOs.

In the sixth edition of AIM Insights, its six monthly survey of the AIM market, the BDO capital markets team considers the performance of AIM and AIM listed companies for the six months ended 30 June 2016.

How has AIM performed relative to the FTSE All Share? What have been the trends in the number and size of AIM listed companies and how successful have they been in raising equity funds? Which sectors have been most in demand and which advisers have been most active?