Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors Name 54 Potential Listing Candidates – Is the IPO Window About to Open Soon?
The IPO market has experienced an unusually prolonged period of quiet, but beneath the surface, preparations are underway in many companies. Private equity and venture capital investors play a pivotal role in the listings of Finnish companies, with nearly half of the companies listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange from 2019 to 2023 having had private equity backing. The Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA) has once again released a list of companies that private equity and venture capital investors consider potential IPO candidates within the next five years.
Annually, the Finnish Venture Capital Association publishes a list of Finnish portfolio companies that, according to their investors, have the potential to go public within the next five years. This year’s list comprises 54 companies spanning various industries and sizes.
”This diverse group of companies includes both traditional IPO candidates and early-stage technology companies that private equity and venture capital investors believe have the potential to go public in the near future. In recent years, we have already seen startups like Spinnova and Betolar go public on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market. Therefore, it’s worth keeping a close eye on the smaller companies on this list as well” notes Anne Horttanainen, Managing Director of the Finnish Venture Capital Association.
Between 2016 and 2023, one-fifth of the companies listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange had appeared on FVCA’s list of potential IPO candidates before announcing their IPO intentions.
The list has been compiled through a survey targeting Finnish private equity and venture capital investors since 2016, with the aim of highlighting unlisted companies that private equity and venture capital investors see as potentially taking the next step towards the stock exchange. The final decision to go public always depends on various factors.
“Even if a company is IPO-ready, decisions are also influenced by factors beyond the company’s control, such as the economic cycle, stock market performance, investor interest in IPOs, and the attractiveness of other exit options,” says Juhana Kallio, Chair of the Board of the Finnish Venture Capital Association and Managing Partner of Intera Partners.
Activity Persists Behind the Scenes While the IPO Window Is Closed
The IPO market in Finland has been exceptionally quiet, and in 2023, only one IPO, the technical listing of Pohjanmaan Arvo Sijoitusosuuskunta on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in June, has been seen so far.
However, a lot is happening in the field of unlisted, growth-oriented companies as private equity and venture capital investors continue their investment activities and the development of their portfolio companies even in uncertain times. In 2022, Finnish private equity and venture capital investors invested a record-breaking €888 million in a total of 347 companies.
Some of these companies are likely to go public, as private equity and venture capital investors are always temporary owners, who develop their portfolio companies during their ownership period and typically exit within 3-7 years. Exit strategies include selling the portfolio company to an industrial buyer or another private equity investor, or listing it on the stock exchange, for example. Nearly half of the companies listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange in the past five years have had private equity backing.
“Due to the challenging market situation, the IPO window has remained closed for an exceptionally long time. Nevertheless, preparations are underway in many companies beneath the surface. It can be assumed that there is growing interest in going public, and the right moment is being closely watched,” says Horttanainen.
“Companies still express an interest in going public, and we are in constant discussions with companies considering an IPO. On Nasdaq’s Nordic markets, we anticipate several listings in the latter part of 2023, and the IPO market is expected to pick up in the coming year. Investors are closely monitoring the success of autumn listings not only in the Nordic countries but also in other markets,” comments Henrik Husman, President of Nasdaq Helsinki.
Read more about the potential IPO candidates here (PDF).
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Listed below, in the left column is a potential IPO candidate, and in the right column is the investor who has identified the IPO candidate. The list has been compiled through a survey sent to FVCA’s private equity and venture capital investor members, and it includes portfolio companies that investors could envision going public within the time window of 2023–2027.
|Accountor Group||Sponsor Capital|
|Alltime Group Oy||MB Rahastot|
|Arkkitehtitoimisto Sarc Oy||CapMan Buyout|
|Balanco Accounting Oy||Voland Partners|
|Black Donuts Engineering||BOA Group|
|Cadmatic||Mandatum Asset Management Private Equity|
|Cajo Technologies Oy||Innovestor|
|Cloud1 Oy||Voland Partners|
|Convion Oy||VNT Management Oy|
|Duunitori Oy||Intera Partners|
|Elcoline Group Oy||Evli / EAB Private Equity|
|EniferBio Oy||Nordic Foodtech VC|
|Fennoa Oy||Capman Growth|
|Fluo konserni||Sponsor Capital|
|Fresh Servant Oy||Sponsor Capital|
|Haltian Oy||Mandatum Asset Management Private Equity &
Nordic Option Oy
|Happeo Oy||Evli Growth Partners|
|Havator Group||CapMan Buyout|
|HögforsGST Oy||Intera Partners|
|Klevu Oy||Evli Growth Partners|
|Kuva Space Oy||Nordic Foodtech VC|
|Liwlig Group Oy||MB Rahastot|
|Neural DSP||Trind Ventures|
|Nitor Oy||Juuri Partners|
|Oddlygood Global||Mandatum Asset Management Private Equity|
|Oiva Isännöinti||Intera Partners|
|Owatec Oy||Nordic Option Oy|
|Proventia Group Oyj||Evli / EAB Private Equity|
|Pyroll Pakkaukset Group Oy||MB Rahastot|
|re:mount||Adelis Equity Partners|
|Roima Intelligence||Intera Partners|
|Ropo Capital||Adelis Equity Partners|
|Ruokaboksi Oy||Nordic Foodtech VC|
|Saarni Cloud konserni||Sponsor Capital|
|Secto Automotive||Sentica Partners|
|Silmäasema Oy||Mandatum Asset Management Private Equity &
|Staria Oyj||Vaaka Partners|
|Suvia Group Oy||MB Rahastot|
|Vantaan Kiinnike ja Rak Oy (Van-ki)||Sponsor Capital|