FAQ's

AIM IPO

How long has AIM existed and why was it formed? 

AIM was established in 1995 by the London Stock Exchange to provide small and medium-sized, growth-oriented companies with early access to the capital markets and to feed the Main Market.

How has AIM changed since its inception in 1995?

Over the last five years, AIM has forged its own identity and is now complementary to the Main Market with 1,600 companies, 20% of which are international.

How much money has been raised on AIM?

Since inception in 1995, £60 billion has been raised on AIM; £33 billion in IPOs and £27 billion in secondary offerings.

How does this compare to NASDAQ?

70% more money has been raised on AIM than on NASDAQ over the last three years.

How big are AIM listed companies?

The vast majority have market capitalizations in the £5 million to £250 million range.

In which industries do AIM companies operate?

There are a wide variety of industries in which AIM companies operate, although, there are concentrations in the extractive industries (i.e. mining and oil and gas), general finance, industrials, consumer services and technology, including; computing, biotech and cleantech.

Is AIM an unregulated market?

No. AIM is an exchange regulated market, meaning it is regulated by the London Stock Exchange which is regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority.

What is the regulatory trend on AIM?

With the rapid expansion of AIM in recent years, the rules for the Nominated Advisers were codified in early 2007 and the rules for the companies now include a requirement to maintain a website which discloses certain corporate and financial information.

What is the IPO trend on AIM?

General market conditions, absorption of all of the companies that came to AIM in recent years and the codification of the rules for Nomads in early 2007 have all contributed to a slowdown in IPO activity on AIM.

Is it easier to list on AIM if our company is already listed on another stock exchange?

Yes. In fact, if your company has had its securities traded on what AIM considers a “designated market” for at least 18 months prior to admission to AIM, a “fast track route” can be utilized. What this means is that you do not have to produce a formal Admission Document but rather simply make a detailed pre-admission announcement at least 20 days before the expected date of admission.


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