NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Investor demand for Depositary Receipts (DRs) remained strong during the first half of 2015, according to the findings of Citi’s Depositary Receipt Services 2015 Midyear Report. Citi’s World ex-U.S. Liquid DR Index, which offers insight into international investor sentiment toward non-U.S. markets, rose 4% in the first six months of 2015. Additionally, DR trading volumes increased 3% in the first half of 2015 to 81.3 billion shares, up from 78.7 billion shares during the same period last year.
Non-U.S. companies raised $4.6 billion in DR form during the first half of 2015, according to Citi’s report. Initial public offerings in DR form represented $1.6 billion – or 36% – of the total, driven by emerging growth companies accessing the U.S. capital markets as a result of the JOBS Act. Follow-on offerings in DR form represented approximately $3 billion – or 64% – of the total.
“Citi’s Depositary Receipt Services business supported transactions that raised 41% of the total DR capital issued in the first half of 2015, which is a testament to our leading position in the industry,” said Nancy Lissemore, Global Head of Depositary Receipt Services at Citi. “We continue to provide our clients and investors with the highest level of depositary receipt services and remain a provider of choice for issuers.”
Recently, The Asset magazine honored Citi as the “Best DR Bank” in Asia in its 2015 Triple A Asset Servicing, Investor and Fund Management Awards. In addition, Citi was awarded the “Best DR Mandate” for its role as the depositary bank for Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program.
Other notable DR market highlights in the first half of 2015 include:
- Transactions from India ($1.9 billion), the United Kingdom ($492 million), Brazil ($476 million) and China ($462 million) combined for 71% of the total capital raised.
- The Banking, Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Telecommunications industries accounted for approximately 66% of the total capital raised.
- Trading volume of unsponsored ADR programs increased 54% to nearly 2 billion DRs.
- Unsponsored ADR programs from Japan and Greece accounted for 46% of the total unsponsored trading volume.
Citi is a leading provider of depositary receipt services. With depositary receipt programs in 56 markets, Citi leverages its global network to help companies connect to new markets and raise capital worldwide.
For more details on the 2015 DR highlights, please refer to the 2015 midyear report in the Research section of the Citi DR website: www.citi.com/dr.
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