As a top accounting firm, BDO has a good pretty pulse on the IPO market. In fact, the firm has put out a new study on the outlook for 2013. Based on interviews from investment bankers, the projection is that there will be a 6% increase in the number of U.S. offerings, bringing the total to 136 with total deal volume at $34 billion.
This is fairly hopeful since a big part of the total proceeds for 2012 came from Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) $16 billion IPO.
The BDO study does point to some potential threats, though. Some of the biggest include higher taxes, continued increases in government spending and political instability. Interestingly, the unemployment rate is not seen as a major issue.
As should be no surprise, investment bankers expect continued strength from tech IPOs. But the study also pointed out that there should be more activity for healthcare, energy and real estate deals.
Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog IPO Playbook, a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He is also the author of “How to Create the Next Facebook” and “High-Profit IPO Strategies: Finding Breakout IPOs for Investors and Traders.” Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.