The year 2004 has different designations and contains different significant events from around the world.
Aside from being one of the leap years of the Gregorian calendar and the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar, 2004 were also designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Rice; by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the International Year of Commemorating the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition; and by the World Health Organization as the Road Safety Year.
It is also the year for various significant events around the world. It was in New Year’s Day of this year when Pervez Musharaff wins the vote of confidence from the Electoral College which is composed of the various provincial assemblies and the Parliament of Pakistan, confirming his presidency and de facto dictatorship until 2007.
It was also in the same year of March 2 when Democrat Senator John Kerry clinched the party’s presidential nomination for U.S. presidential election by winning 9 out of 10 primaries and caucuses. It was also in the same year of December 26 when the worst natural disaster occurred in Southeast Asia when strong earthquakes (magnitude 9.3 in the Richter scale) hits the Indian Ocean region, which generated huge tsunami waves that crash the coastal areas of India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Maldives.
And 2004 is the year where it was forecasted that the 200 mark in terms of companies going public will now be broken.
The term “companies going public” is also referred to as companies undergoing an initial public offering or IPO. It is the initial or first sale of company’s common shares to the public to raise additional revenues for the company. Every year, there are hundreds of companies that files for an IPO, though some of them withdraws from the process due to several reasons, such as change in market conditions and others.
The year 2004 in IPO is considered to be “one of a kind” because it was likely to break the 200 mark in terms of companies under IPO. The initial scenario includes 164 IPOs filed for the first nine months (January to September) of 2004. The prediction was based on the trend of the previous years in terms of filing IPOs during the last quarter of the year.
A review on the last 5 years revealed that 23 percent of listed IPOs have priced during the fourth quarter. Based on the given figures, IPO market analysts could see 50 more IPOs that could be listed before 2004 ends, thus making the projected number of 2004 IPO registrants at 217, making the 2004 IPO market the most active since the 2000 IPO market.
The prediction came true. At the end of 2004, there were 253 IPO registrants recorded. The total amount worth of IPO was at $46.8 billion, making it one of the impressive IPO market compared to the 1998 IPO market wherein there were 370 IPO registrants yet the total amount worth of IPO is just around $44.8 billion. In addition, the 2004 IPO market was just 76 IPO registrants away from hitting the 35-year average number of IPOs each year at 329.
The year 2004 is not just a memorable year for Pakistani President Pervez Musharaff and U.S. President George W. Bush for winning their respective presidential bids. It is also a remarkable year for the IPO market, and it is expected to carry on more IPO registrants for the years to come.