Investors running for the exits based on the CAPE ratio are ignoring other positive market signals
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Sweden had a record year 2021

With 210 new listings and now almost 1,000 listed companies, Sweden is in the European top ahead of large nations such as Germany and France.

The past 2021 has been the largest European listing year since before the financial crisis in 2008, states the financial newspaper Wall Street Journal, which notes that a total of 418 companies during the year listed on stock exchanges in the EU or the UK.

Some 122 companies raised about USD14 billion via initial public offerings on Nasdaq Stockholm this year; the most ever. That’s second only to the U.K.’s USD22 billion haul, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Sweden has hosted a variety of listings ranging from Volvo Car AB, which raised USD2.3 billion in one of Europe’s largest public offerings this year, to animal healthcare company Vimian Group AB and investment firm Storskogen Group AB.

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‘Secret Sauce’

Stockholm’s “secret sauce” is its investor base, said Jonas Ström, chief executive of investment bank ABG Sundal Collier. A large number of small institutional investors and a retail culture of putting savings into equities means there’s a wide range of IPO buyers, he said.

Sweden’s vibrant tech, renewable-energy and life-sciences startup scene has also been a source of IPOs. About 60% of new listings on Nasdaq Stockholm were from the consumer, tech and healthcare sectors this year, according to data provided by Nasdaq.

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Key advantages of Swedish SPACs on Nasdaq

  • More time to complete the acquisition of a target company
    Nasdaq Nordics allows for up to 36 months to identify and complete the acquisition of a target company, unlike the 24 months given in the U.S.
  • Reduced financial risk
    On Nasdaq Nordic, only 90% percent of the capital raised during an IPO is required to be held in a trust account, versus the 100% in the U.S. That means 10% of capital funds can be allocated towards costs for performing an acquisition, greatly reducing the risk for running out of funds. SPACs also incur lower pricing risk as price is decided early versus the night before a traditional IPO.
  • Less onerous regulations
    Tougher rules by legislative frameworks in the U.S. FATCA and the EU’s MiFID II have put greater strain on company processes, finances, and human resources. Stockholm offers far more favorable and relaxed rules. Growth companies that go public through SPACs face fewer regulations and constraints because they are technically mergers.
  • Raising capital more quickly
    Traditionally, venture firms have consisted of investors focusing in the long-term on products that take years to develop and even longer to profit from. SPACs have the potential to allow companies to get listed on the stock exchange sooner and sell shares faster, yielding faster returns for limited partners.

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