UK-listed enterprises have raised over £12 billion in fresh capital from in the first half of 2021 from investors, rebuilding the market above pre-pandemic levels.
The recent pandemic resulted in a resurgence of activity for UK capital markets in 2020, with funds raised from listed businesses reaching its highest level in more than 10 years.
Investors piled funding into public companies during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time when the largest corporate entities were shaken by disruptions to supply chains and government restrictions.
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Although pandemic-era problems have carried on into this year, the capital that has been rallied within the first half of 2021 shows investors are more confident than ever in the UK market post-pandemic.
According to recent analysis, 357 companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange here in the UK raised all-new capital in the year’s first half.
This total sum raised falls lower than the pandemic peak recorded within the same period in 2020, which totalled £17 billion, but it also totals far above average pre-pandemic levels, which were £9 billion in each first half of the year during the last decade.
Firms within the consumer discretionary sector raised the most capital, rallying over £2.9 billion in the first half of 2021.