Citibank’s recently released year-end report on depositary receipts (DR) reported that in 2017, $15.6 billion of DR capital was raised across 65 deals, which was a 126% year-over-year change in total capital raised versus 2016 and a 91% year-over-year change in number of capital raisings. The European, Middle East and Africa region saw a total of 28 deals, raising $4.4 billion; the Asia-Pacific region raised $7.0 billion across 29 deals; and the Latin America region raised $4.2 billion across 8 deals.
The report also notes that DR IPOs raised $9.4 billion in 2017, which was a 145% change from 2016. 24 issuers were able to take advantage of JOBS Act accommodations to complete their IPOs. There was also $6.2 billion of DR follow-on activity in 2017, which was a 101% change from 2016. $12.8 billion was raised in American depositary receipts (ADR) and $2.8 billion was raised in global depositary receipts (GDR).
The energy, software and services and the financial services sectors were the top three sectors for DR IPOs in 2017 raising $1.57 billion, $1.54 billion and $1.48 billion respectively. For follow-on offerings, the top three sectors included financial services, raising $1.87 billion, pharmaceuticals/biotech, raising $1.43 billion, and software and services, raising $681 million.