There were 91 listings worth 114 billion yuan (US$15.8 billion) recorded in the third quarter, down from 105 listings worth 144.6 billion yuan in the previous quarter, according to reports by local news outlets.
In the first nine months of the year, a total of 264 new share listings in mainland China raised 323.6 billion yuan, which marked a 0.33 per cent decline from the number of IPOs in the same period in 2022.
Shanghai’s main board, meanwhile, raised a total of 39.6 billion yuan in the same period, compared to 21.4 billion yuan in Shenzhen and 11.1 billion yuan in Beijing.
The third quarter also saw a total of 74 IPO withdrawals. That number made up 40 per cent of the 184 IPO withdrawals recorded in the first nine months of the year.
Of the 74 withdrawn share listings, 12 were in the consumption goods category. These included popular brands such as Dezhou Braised Chicken, a meat producer and retailer based in the eastern coastal province of Shandong.
In January, the country’s securities watchdog gave companies in the food-and-beverage sector and Covid-19-testing segment a “red light” status, which barred these firms from gaining access to equity financing in the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges.
The regulator also identified several “yellow light” industries – including apparel, home appliances and furniture – that meant major companies in these areas could be considered for an IPO. Meanwhile, companies that require heavy debt financing to expand would be under close scrutiny.
More than 20 food-and-beverage and apparel-related companies are currently waiting for their IPO applications to be approved, following the implementation of the new registration-based system. This set-up gave stock exchanges the power to vet IPO plans instead of the CSRC.