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18th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


Global IPO market shows continued signs of slowdown in Q2 2019

  • Global IPO activity continues to slow despite unicorns coming to market
  • Technology, health care and industrials were the most active sectors in H1 2019
  • Mega IPOs and robust IPO pipelines across all regions will bolster future activity

Praha, 9 July 2019The trend of unicorn IPOs coming to market and pushing their proceeds to historic levels continued in Q2 2019 despite ongoing geopolitical uncertainty and trade tensions, resulting in 507 IPOs in H1 2019, raising total proceeds of US$71.9b. While deal numbers were down 28% from H1 2018, first-day returns on the main markets were up 15.4% on average and post-IPO performance increased 28.4%. Technology, health care and industrials saw the largest share of IPOs in H1 2019, together accounting for 266 IPOs (52% of global IPOs by deal numbers) and raising US$47.8b altogether (66% of global proceeds). By proceeds, technology was the strongest sector with US$29.3b raised (41% of global proceeds). These and other findings were published today in the EY quarterly report, Global IPO trends: Q2 2019.

16th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry


Czechs still like to shop in shopping centres, despite the growing popularity of e-shops. Turnover and footfall are growing

According to the newest CBRE Shopping Centre Index study, which has been compiled for the seventh year by the CBRE company, the world leader in the field of retail services, shopping centres in the Czech Republic have been successful again. Turnover in Czech regional shopping centres grew for the fifth consecutive year. Comparing the year 2017 with the previous year, turnover grew 4.2%. Rents grew only minimally. The vacancy rate is stable. The “Rent-to-sales ratio” reached a historical minimum and the average basket achieved its historical maximum. This once again proves that Czech retail is doing well.

 

15th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Tax & Finance


Global M&A appetite at 10-year high fueled by portfolio reshaping

  • 59% of companies worldwide plan deals in the next year fueled by portfolio reshaping
  • Strong M&A intentions accelerated rather than stalled by uncertainty
  • Despite Brexit uncertainty, UK is top investment destination for the first time in 10 years

Despite mounting geopolitical complexities, the appetite for global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is at a 10-year high, according to the 20th edition of the EY Global Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB), a biannual survey of more than 2,900 senior executives across 47 countries. Companies continue to use acquisitions to build the foundations for future growth amid rising uncertainty. Almost six in ten (59%) global companies are now planning to acquire in the coming year — up from 52% 12 months ago.

10th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs


M.Mejtsky of Petyovsky & Partners: The Czech Republic: New Appointments Currently not Available at some Czech Embassies

In relation to finalisation of the legislative process of the Czech Immigration Law amendment, which is expected to be effective as of the 1st of September 2019, some of the Czech Embassies has temporarily stopped accepting appointment requests for submission of Employee Card applications and Long-Term Visa applications for the purpose of "Business", M.Mejtsky of Petyovsky & Partners writes.

9th July 2019 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry


PwC and the Urban Land Institute: Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019: “People are beginning to think about Prague not too dissimilarly from western European markets."

In recent years investor perceptions of Prague have undergone a gradual transformation, with the Czech capital’s erstwhile emerging market status fading into distant memory, Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2019 report by PwC and the Urban Land Institute says.

Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
  2. 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
  3. 3) Health Care as an export industry
  4. 4) Government as a competitive advantage

Advocacy Priorities for 2018-2020 
 
People 

1. Setting a predictable policy for economic immigration based on the goal of maintaining current levels of employment for Czech citizens and wage growth that corresponds to productivity growth.  

2. Establishing incentives for companies and individuals to provide the qualifications and skills necessary for the automation of production and service industries.  

3. Introducing machine and computer programming as a required language in elementary and high schools.  

4. Improving the Healthy Life Years of the workforce and overall population through better prevention programs, better diagnostics, and better treatment.  
 
Infrastructure 

1. Develop a plan for developing and maintaining an integrated rail, road and air commercial logistics systems.  

2. Integrate the Prague airport into the national commuter network.  

3. Increase digital infrastructure capacity throughout country. 

4. Develop a housing plan that will create more entry-level housing in Prague and Brno for purchase or rent.  
 
Technology 

1. Reform investment incentives to concentrate on product research, development and production.  

2. Establish policy objectives in the area of health, energy, transport, environment and other areas and use these objectives for allocating public research funds. 

3. Require major public procurements to use objective and measurable criteria for innovation. 

 

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