Activity was limited to two investment trust listings raising a total of £14.55m, according to a survey by KPMG corporate finance.
‘The market has been dormant since the middle of last year and shows no immediate signs of reawakening. Amidst current economic jitters and war with Iraq, layer upon layer of uncertainty is leaving investors with a loss of appetite for new entrants,’ said Neil Austin, head of new issues at KPMG Corporate Finance.
AIM, the smaller company market at the London Stock Exchange, performed much stronger than the main market with 61 trading companies joining the exchange last year. Forty of these new issues raised less than £5m each. So far in 2003, five trading companies have joined AIM raising only £5.3m in total.
The Financial Reporting Council has issued guidance regarding the annual reporting of 1,200 large and smaller listed companies. The letter highlighted the key issues and improvements that can be made in the 2016 reporting season
Baldwins Accountancy Group has continued investment in the north-east and appointed David Fish as a director in its corporate finance team
UK M&A activity bounced back strongly in July and August, according to analysis by the deals practice at PwC.
Smith & Williamson has added Jim Clark and Philip Marsden, of Marsden Clark Corporate Finance Limited, to its corporate finance team.