Jul 17 2013 | 6:00 AM

Dynamic listing activity in Paris in the first half-year

After a difficult end to 2012, the first half of 2013 witnessed renewed activity in the Parisian markets. Thirteen new companies listed in Paris during the first six months of the year, compared with nine over the same period in 2012. To date, the public offer transactions (six operations) are equally balanced between NYSE Euronext and NYSE Alternext, and represent more than €200 million of added capitalization for the Paris markets. With the international companies that have chosen to list in Paris, more than €120 billion of market capitalization has been added. This high figure is explained notably by the arrival of three industry leaders already listed on NYSE in New York: the Lilly and AbbVie pharmaceutical groups and the Indian IT group Infosys, which also selected NYSE Euronext in London as an additional listing market.

Two companies, BioAmber and Constellium, chose to list simultaneously in New York and...

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Jul 17 2013 | 6:00 AM

NYSE Euronext organizes the Via Bolsa conference

NYSE Euronext and several partners organized “Via Bolsa”, a major event aimed at showcasing capital markets to companies considering a listing, on 23 May. The name “Via Bolsa” was chosen to suggest simplified access to the market. The event brought together more than 300 participants from all parts of the ecosystem, including around 100 prospect companies, as well as banks, lawyers, consultants, investors and listing sponsors. Testimonials by listed companies ISA, Mota-Engil, Novabase and Portugal Telecom were highly appreciated. In his speech, Portuguese Economy Minister Álvaro Santos Pereira stressed the importance of capital markets for a robust economy. Via Bolsa received plenty of attention from the economic media.

Mota-Engil and Benfica raise bonds

The retail bond market is as active as...

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Jul 17 2013 | 6:00 AM

The 30th Anniversary of the AEX index

The AEX index celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gong ceremony on 4 March. The AEX® was introduced on 4 March 1983, and was the first national Blue Chip Index in Europe. The AEX index is made up of the 25 most actively traded securities on the Amsterdam exchange, including Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever, ING Groep, Royal Philips Electronics and ArcelorMittal. The index measures performance and market sentiment in the Netherlands, and offers international exposure to the companies that belong to it.

The AEX was specifically launched so that derivatives, such as options and futures, could be traded on it. The number of product types traded on the index has however expanded considerably over the years, and there are currently more than 1,000 products linked to the AEX. The past five years have seen a 238% rise in the number of products. Every day an average of 85,000 AEX options (one-month, one-week and one-day options) and 45,...
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Jul 17 2013 | 6:00 AM

Belgian postal operator bpost was listed on NYSE Euronext in Brussels on 21 June. Interview with CEO Johnny Thijs.

What was the goal for bpost of entering the stock exchange?

The goal was to enable the minority shareholder CVC to sell a portion of its shares. CVC had this right and an IPO seemed to be the most appropriate way to proceed.

At the same time, entering the stock exchange was the crowning moment of a lengthy modernization and transformation for bpost, an acknowledgement of the work accomplished over the past ten years to make our company one of the best postal operators in Europe. Only well-run companies earn the right to ring the bell at NYSE Euronext in Brussels.

The IPO also represents the start of a new challenge, that of targeting excellence in everything we do. This is a major challenge that we are meeting with enthusiasm and...

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