Middle Market IPOs Soar Despite Drop In Capital Raised

By Chelsea Naso (January 13, 2015, 8:41 PM EST) -- Middle market companies launched more U.S. initial public offerings in 2014 but raked in 11.4 percent less in capital year-over-year, suggesting some challenges for the group but mostly serving to highlight a stable market receptive to smaller companies, strength in the life sciences sector and a hot 2015 on the horizon, experts say.

Overall, 2014 was a robust year for IPOs, with 278 public debuts — including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s behemoth offering in September — raking in more than $90 billion in proceeds, making it the most active year since 2000, according to accounting, tax and advisory firm CohnReznick LLP's...

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