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The IPOX Q3 2012 Review: Amid Increasing Deal Flow, IPOX Strategies Beat Benchmarks !!!


All key IPOX Strategies outpaced the major benchmarks during Q3 2012, benefiting most from the central-bank induced policy to increase global risk appetite. With some landmark global IPOs successfully placed, Q4 global IPO activity is set at a solid pace with U.S. P/E backed IPOs in focus.


· Key IPOX Strategies outpace benchmarks during Q3 2012: Amid the concerted central bank action during the quarter, the IPOX Global 50 (IPGL50), proxy for the performance of the largest and most significant global IPOs and spin-offs over a four-year rotational cycle, rose +7.31% to +16.13% YTD, +107 bps. ahead of benchmark MSCI World (MXWD). In the cross-section of the IPOX Strategies universe, the IPOX Europe Strategies (IPXUJPEU, IXTE) outpaced the market by most, as European Financials re-bounded sharply. For example, the IPOX Europe 50 (IPXUJPEU) gained +1175 bps, outpacing the STOXX 50 (SX5P) by +599 bps, but still trailing YTD. The Developed IPOX Asia-Pacific Strategies (IPTA) were the second best relative performer on the quarter, outpacing benchmark MSCI Asia-Pacific (MXPC) by +426 bps. to a massive +1654 bps YTD. The IPOX U.S. (IPXO, IPXT) followed, recovering more than the losses suffered during Q2 2012, and closing at the highest quarterly level since inception of the IPOX Strategy in August 2004. The IPOX Strategies focusing solely on emerging markets IPO and spin-off exposure, gained with the IPOX China Composite (IPXUCHCP) leading the way. Amongst the notable performance drivers during the quarter were the U.S. traded refinery spin-offs, such as April 2012 Buffet-backed and hedge-fund heavy USD 29bn Phillips 66 (PSX US: +40.19%) and June 2011 spin-off USD 19bn Marathon Petroleum (MPC US: +21.53%). Further notable stand-outs within the IPOX Strategy universe included Dec. 2012 IPO high-end fashion group USD 10bn Michael Kors (KORS: +27.10%), cloud hosting tech firm USD 9bn Rackspace (RAX: +50.41%), USD 3bn Nationstar Mortage Holdings (NSM US: +54.18%) and private equity backed consulting firm USD 2bn Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH: +40.32%). Ahead of the listing of Mondelez International (MDLZ US), Kraft's (KFT US) international snack-food unit, Japanese snack food maker and March 2011 IPO USD 3bn Calbee (2229 JT: +34.94%) closed the quarter at a new post-IPO high. Notable changes in the IPOX Asia-Pacific universe (IPTA) also included red-hot mid-caps New Zealand's Trade Me (TME NZ: +8.31%) and Australia's (CRZ AU: +30.07%). Gainers also included the slew of recent small-cap Korean IPOs including YG Entertainment (122870 KS: +81.87%), STX Metal (071970 KS: +69.16%) or iNtRON Biotech (048530 KS: +60.48%). Amid IPOX's addition of Facebook (FB US: -27.99%) as a Top Holding, other social networking/gaming IPOs fell sharply, including Nexon (3650 JP: -33.10%), Zynga (ZNGA: -48.16%) and Groupon (GRPN US: -54.93%).

· IPOX Strategy Returns YTD 2012:

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· Most significant IPOs launched (Q3 2012):

Company Ticker Return/IPO
Japan Airlines Inc. 9201 JP -4.75%
Banco Santander Mexico BSMX US +13.30%
IHH Healthcare Malaysia IHH SP +15.45%
Palo Alto Networks PANW US +48.36%
CITIC Heavy Industries 601608 CH -19.49%

146 significant IPOs launched last quarter, adding USD 96.5bn to global stock market capitalization. The average (median) IPO gained +21.82% (+8.00%) based on the difference between the final offering price and first close. 44 IPOs took place on the domestic Chinese exchanges, adding USD 18bn to local stock market cap.

· Q4 2012 Start: Strong IPO and spin-off deal flow

Company Code Country Lead
Berry Plastics BERY US U.S.A. BCLY, CITI, DB
Dave & Buster PLAY US U.S.A. JEFF, PJC
Fleetmatics FLTX US U.S.A. BAML
Javelin Mortgage JMI US U.S.A. BCLY, CITI, CS
Lifelock LOCK US U.S.A. GS, BAML, DB
Mondelez MDLZ US U.S.A. Spin-Off
Regulus Therapeutics RGLS US U.S.A. BMO, COWEN
Talanx N/A GR Germany CITI, DB, JPM

U.S. IPOs are set to continue to dominate the global IPO deal calendar. Well established P/E backed Berry Plastics (BERY US) is a capital structure deal, aiming to sell a 26% stake for USDm 470-530 while Entertainment group Dave & Buster (PLAY US) seeks USD 108m for a 28% stake. Other U.S. deals likely to be well-received are Ireland-domiciled computer services firm Fleetmatics (FLTX US), Javelin Mortgage (JMI US), security service provider LifeLock (NYSE:LOCK) or miner Luxfer (LXFR US). Analysts also rate the spin-off of Mondelez (MDLZ US), Kraft's (KFT US) international snack-food unit, as attractive.

Ticker (BBG/Reuters) Week Q3 12 YTD 12
IPOX Global 50 (IPGL50) (NYSEARCA:USD) -1.85% +7.31% +16.13%
MSCI World (MXWD) -1.79% +6.24% +10.71%
IPOX U.S. 100 (IPXO) -2.40% +7.09% +21.36%
IPOX U.S. 30 (IPXT) -2.64% +5.39% +19.87%
S&P 500 (SPX) -1.33% +5.76% +14.56%
IPOX Europe50 (IPXUJPEU) (EUR) -2.15% +11.75% +4.57%
IPOX Europe30 (IXTE) (EUR) -2..27% +11.76% +0.72%
STOXX 50 (SX5P) (EUR) -2.67% +5.76% +6.27%
IPOX Asia-Pacific 30 (IPTA) +0.15% +6.82% +21.73%
MSCI Asia-Pacific (MXPC) -1.65% +2.56% +5.19%
IPOX China 20 (NYSE:CNI) +1.03% -1.96% -2.48%
IPOX China Cp. (IPXUCHCP) +1.01% +3.18% +2.20%
Hang Seng Enprs. (HSCEI) +0.27% +2.68% -1.06%

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