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London Stock Exchange trading: number of companies 2015-2020

As of October 2020, the number of companies trading on the London Stock Exchange stood at 1,992, the second lowest number of companies listed during the period under observation. These companies had a combined market capitalization of approximately 3.2 trillion British pounds and daily average trades of anywhere between 800 thousand and two million.

Market capitalization

Market capitalization is the outstanding value of a company's shares and is often used to measure the size of a company and investors interest in a given enterprise. Market capital is calculated by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the value of one share.

Initial public offerings (IPOs)

When a private company first offers its shares to the public, the process is called an initial public offering (IPO). IPO’s are often used by growing companies that need to raise capital or by allowing owners to sell off some of their ownership of a company. In 2019, the telecommunications and mobile money services company, Airtel Africa plc saw an initial public offering of over 2.74 billion British pounds (GBP).

Number of companies trading monthly on the London Stock Exchange from January 2015 to October 2020

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United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2015 to October 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures taken from the last day of the month.
The source adds the following information: "As of February 2017, this file provides a list of companies that have 'Shares' admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange. The definition of ‘Shares’ is taken from the MiFIR Identifier ‘SHRS’ as defined under MiFID II."

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