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Chinese IPO number in China and abroad 2018-2020, by month

In November 2020, a total of 32 companies from mainland China finished their initial public offering (IPO) in China and abroad. Despite the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, IPO numbers and volumes remained robust in 2020. The annual number of Chinese IPOs reached 332 in 2019, of which 202 were listed at stock markets in mainland China and 130 in Hong Kong or other overseas destinations.

Stock markets in mainland China

Mainland China has two stock exchanges, the Shanghai stock exchange (SSE) and the Shenzhen stock exchange (SZSE). Both rank among the largest stock exchanges in the world. While more large state-owned enterprises are listed in Shanghai, the stock exchange in Shenzhen is home to many technology driven companies, including Huawei and Tencent. Stocks on the Shanghai exchange are distributed across two boards, the Main Board and the Sci-Tech Innovation Board (Star Market), which was newly established in 2019. The Shenzhen exchange has also two boards, the Small and Medium Enterprises Board (SME) and the Growth Enterprises Board (ChiNext). In 2019, a larger number of IPOs were listed at the newer ChiNext and Star Market, and less at the older SME and Shanghai Main Board.

Chinese IPOs abroad

As domestic Chinese stock markets are still not completely open to foreign investors and regulation on the mainland is less stringent, Chinese companies rely on overseas exchanges to attract international investors. Some of the largest global IPOs were those of Chinese companies going public at foreign stock exchanges. The Hong Kong stock exchange (HKSE) is a preferred place for mainland companies to get an international listing.

Number of Chinese IPOs in China and abroad from December 2018 to November 2020, by month

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Release date

December 2020


China, Hong Kong, United States

Survey time period

December 2018 to November 2020

Supplementary notes

*Figures have been calculated based on quarterly values and shares for previous months.

According to the source, figures refer to companies which are based in Mainland China.

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