(MENAFN) MENA made as much as USD1.3 billion out of initial public offerings in the first quarter of the current year, or 21 percent lower than the same period in 2013, according to Arab News
Phil Gandier, MENA head of Transaction Advisory Services, EY, says: "The MENA IPO market is off to a slower start in the first quarter compared to the same period last year, however compared to IPO performance over the past few years, Q1, 2014 has been one of the best performing quarters. The recently announced Emirates REIT and Marka IPOs will spur further IPO activity and point the way to high levels of activity through the first half of 2014.
The largest IPO was with the Qatar-based Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company raising USD905 million, followed by Gulf Marine Services from the UAE raising USD275 million in the first quarter of 2014
The remaining IPOs were with Saudi Marketing Company, raising USD72 million on the Tadawul stock exchange in Saudi, followed by Sotipapier in Tunisia, raising USD26 million and Cellcom in Tunisia raising USD6 million