Baird Equity Capital Markets on Course for Record Year

Firm surpasses record 2012 performance as of the end of July

MILWAUKEE, August 6, 2013

The Equity Capital Markets (ECM) business at Baird is on course for another record year in 2013, having already eclipsed last year’s record performance, the employee-owned international financial services firm announced today.

As of July 31, the ECM team had completed 80 equity offerings compared to 79 for all of 2012. Over the comparable 2012 period, Baird’s activity represents an increase of 108 percent in deal volume and 111 percent in dollar amount, which compares to growth of just 27 percent and 15 percent, respectively, for the industry as a whole. In addition, Baird significantly expanded its role as book-running manager, completing 22 bookrun offerings through July 31, compared to 19 for all of 2012. Revenue for the group was up 132 percent during the period compared to 25 percent for the industry, and was well ahead of the company’s previous record in 2012.

“There has been tremendous interest in raising new capital across the industries we serve,” said Peter Kies, co-head of Equity Capital Markets at Baird, who noted that the company’s equity activity to date has included 10 separate industry verticals. “Based on what we’re seeing in the market, we are hopeful that demand will stay strong through the second half of the year.”

Greg Ingram, who co-heads the Equity Capital Markets group with Kies, noted that March and June hit one-month records for new transactions for Baird, with 16 equity deals in each. “Our six-month IPO backlog is at the highest level we have seen since April of last year,” Ingram said.

Among the more notable transactions this year in which Baird has played a role are:

  • Noodles  $110.9 million initial public offering in June - Baird served as book-running manager
  • Chuy’s $129.4 million January follow-on offering and $107.5 million April follow-on offering – Baird served as joint book-running manager on both
  • Tile Shop’s $118.5 million follow-on offering in June – Baird served as joint book-running manager
  • Armada Hoffler $218.5 million initial public offering in May – Baird served as lead book-running manager
  • Berry Plastics’ $322.6 million April follow-on offering and its $373.1 million July follow-on offering – Baird served as co-bookrunning manager for both
  • MRC Global’s $740.6 million follow-on offering in May – Baird served as co-bookrunning manager

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