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Capital Markets

ECM round-up: The month in numbers

594,900,000,000 The global dollar value of equity capital raised in 2005. The figure is up 4% from 2004 and is the highest since 2000.

Despite the lower volume of equity capital market deals in the US in 2005, compared with Europe, the US equity capital market business remained the more profitable of the two. The volume of equity capital market deals in Europe rose 14% to $214 billion in 2005 but investment banks earned “just” $3.8 billion in fees. In the US, equity capital market volume fell 6% to $168 billion but investment banks earned $5.8 billion. One reason is the curious resistance of US IPO fees to competitive pressure.

53 The percentage of overall capital markets revenue from equity capital markets in Q4 2005.

17 The percentage of investment banks’ equity capital markets revenues from financial sponsors.

17 The average percentage return from US IPOs in 2005.

>95 The percentage probability that US stocks prices will continue to climb in 2006, according to Citigroup’s Panic/Euphoria model.

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