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Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) & bond launches

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Important information: We do not offer advice on the suitability of any IPOs for you. Like any investment, there are risks and it is vital that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. Any decision to invest in an IPO, share offer or bond launch should be made solely on the basis of the information contained in the Prospectus, and any supplement thereto. If you have any doubts about its suitability, please seek expert advice. The value of all investments can fall as well as rise, so you may get back less than you invested.

Current IPOs & bond launches

Name Status Timetable Action
AEW UK Long Lease REIT plc Applications now open Closes noon 31 May Find out more

Rumoured IPOs

Name Description Potential value Action
Tesco Bank Tesco’s decision to focus on its core supermarket business could lead to the sale of its banking arm. Rumours suggest an IPO could be considered. Unknown Register for IPO alerts
First Utility Britain's largest independent electricity and gas supplier. IPO plans have been postponed for the time being, but could be visited again. £500 million Register for IPO alerts
CompareTheMarket One of the UKs largest price comparison sites is rumoured to be listing on the LSE in 2017. £2 billion Register for IPO alerts
O2 With more than 25 million customers nationwide, the group is one of the UK’s largest mobile operators, and also owns half of Tesco mobile £10.3 billion Register for IPO alerts
Sky Betting & Gaming Rumours of an IPO emerged in September 2016. CEO Richard Flint acknowledged owners CVC will be looking to exit the business at some point, but no timescale was stated. £1.5 billion Register for IPO alerts
Darktrace Cybersecurity start-up founded by GCHQ spooks and Cambridge University academics. Told investors back in October that its ultimate ambition was to IPO. $500 million Register for IPO alerts
Vue Cinema Vue has more than 200 cinemas worldwide (of which 85 are in the UK and Ireland), servicing nearly 90m filmgoers a year. £1.5 billion Register for IPO alerts
Air Astana The Kazakh national carrier is considering an IPO in either London or Hong Kong. £6.5 billion Register for IPO alerts
KazMunaiGas State owned oil and gas company, considering London and Hong Kong as listing destinations. Unknown Register for IPO alerts
Sadia Halal meat manufacturer, currently owned by Brazil’s BRF. Considering London and Dubai. $5 billion Register for IPO alerts
IMG Worlds The owner of the world’s largest indoor theme parks is said to be considering a listing in London or Dubai. Unknown Register for IPO alerts
Crawford Healthcare The advanced wound care manufacturer has said it is looking “a little more closely” at an IPO following the successful ConvaTec listing last year. Unknown Register for IPO alerts

For any IPOs not detailed in this section which you are interested in, please contact our dealing desk on 0117 980 9800 and we will investigate whether you are able to participate in the IPO.


Why invest in IPOs, share offers and new bond launches through Hargreaves Lansdown?

  • Low cost

    Free to apply for IPOs, share offers and bond launches available through the Hargreaves Lansdown IPO service. An annual charge of up to 0.45% may apply for holding shares and bonds, and there will be a dealing charge when you sell. View our charges

  • Expertise

    We have been involved in almost every major UK IPO and share offer available to private investors in recent years. In addition, we were instrumental in launching the first corporate bond for retail investors in 2010.

  • Flexibility

    Apply for an IPO, share offer or bond launch through the Vantage ISA, Junior ISA, SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension) or Fund & Share Account. Please be aware some IPOs or bond launches may be restricted to a single account.

  • Access to a wide range of IPOs

    Get access to share offers and IPOs, or bond, fund and investment trust launches. If you have heard of an IPO or share offer not showing online, call us and we’ll use our contacts to try and get you involved.


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Risk and return

During the period between the Intention to Float announcement and the start of the Offer Period, the intention may be withdrawn. Any publication of an IPO or bond launch on our website is not an endorsement of the issue, nor is it solicitation for interest in the issue. Any decision to invest in an IPO should be made solely on the basis of the Prospectus, and supplementary information. The specific risks will be detailed in the Prospectus but the value of all investments can fall as well as rise, so you may get back less than you invested.

Dividends are not guaranteed and, if paid, are variable. Companies subject to an IPO may not have a long track record and could be difficult to value or calculate a fair price for. IPOs and bond launches are therefore only likely to be a consideration for more diverse, larger portfolios. In many IPOs you will not know the purchase price before you commit to buy and therefore might end up buying at a higher price than you wished. If you have any doubts about the suitability of an IPO for your circumstances you should seek expert advice.

Online IPO service coverage

Where possible the Hargreaves Lansdown IPO service will attempt to cover every IPO, share offer and bond launch available to retail investors. However due to the size and specialist nature of certain IPOs, share offers and bond launches, it is not always possible. For IPOs not available via our IPO service, but where we can still apply on behalf of clients, we will make them available on a 'telephone only' basis, extra costs may apply. If an IPO is not available to private investors, we will not be able to apply online or by telephone.

For any IPOs not detailed in this section which you are interested in, please contact our dealing desk on 0117 980 9800 and we will investigate whether you are able to participate in the IPO.

Find out more about how IPOs, share offers and bond launches work