2018 HKEx Market Statistics
Hong Kong regained its position as the world’s top IPO venue in 2018, with HK$242.7 billion raised the first three quarters of 2018, a 177% increase from the same period in 2017, largely driven by the recent introduction of the new listing regime for emerging and innovative companies. Hong Kong was followed by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ and the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE).
During the first nine months of 2018, 166 companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, as compared to 114 during the same period in 2017. As at the end of September 2018, 2,268 companies were listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange with a total market capitalisation of HK$32,166.6 billion.
Hong Kong’s increased market position in 2018 was largely due to three mega-IPOs, China Tower, Xiaomi and Meituan Dianping, with the latter two having the recently-allowed WVR structure. In addition, there have been several Biotech listings. It is expected that the positive effect of the new listing regime will continue.
In 2016, Hong Kong ranked third place behind NYSE and SSE, after ranking as the world’s top IPO fund raising exchange in 2016. The amount of Hong Kong IPO funds raised on the Stock Exchange’s Main Board fell by around 36% in 2017 to HK$122.3 billion.
 SCMP, "Hong Kong regains crown from New York as the No 1 market for raising funds", 26 September 2018, https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/2165850/hong-kong-regains-crown-new-york-no-1-market-raising-funds (see archive) and EY, "Global IPO trends: Q3 2018", September 2018 https://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY_Global_IPO_Update_Q3_2018_-_September_2018/$FILE/Global IPO Trends Report Q3 2018.pdf (see archive).
EY, "Global IPO trends: Q3 2018", September 2018 https://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/EY_Global_IPO_Update_Q3_2018_-_September_2018/$FILE/Global IPO Trends Report Q3 2018.pdf (see archive).