Executive summary

  • Global indices lost ground over May as investors expectations regarding the economic outlook worsened.

  • Overall, UK macro-economic data continues to show signs of improvement. UK Consumer confidence rose to its highest level since February 2022 in May and retail sales beats expectation as volumes rose by 0.5% between March and April.

  • UK ECM activity gathered significant pace in May as c.£3.5bn were raised for selling shareholders.

  • UK public M&A activity slowed down significantly in May with only five transactions announced.

Market backdrop

Monthly market snapshot

Monthly market snapshot

May's key market drivers

  • UK inflation decreased from 10.1% (Y/Y) in March  to 8.7% (Y/Y) in April, significantly above BoE’s estimate of 8.4%
  • BoE raised interest rates by 25bps to 4.5%
  • UK public sector net borrowing rose from £21.5bn in March to £25.6bn
  • UK consumer confidence rose from -30 in April to -27 in April, reaching the highest level since February 2022
  • Fed raised its benchmark interest rate by 25bps to a new target range of 5.0%-5.25%
  • US Congress passed the bill to suspend the US$31.4 trillion debt ceiling
  • Eurozone composite PMI fell from 54.1 in April to 53.3 in May
  • The German economy contracted by 0.3% in Q1 23, the second  consecutive quarterly decline since Q3 22

Global equity market performance & equity market volatility

Global equity market performance & equity market volatility

Source: Bloomberg, FactSet, Macrobond
 

Inflation slows down across key geographies

Graph showing inflation slows down across key geographies

Source: Bloomberg, FactSet, Macrobond

 

UK interest rate projections show signs of stabilising in the near-term

UK interest rate projections show signs of stabilising graph

Source: Bloomberg, FactSet, Macrobond

UK sector performance

Monthly sector snapshot

UK sector performance - Monthly sector snapshot

Sector performance drivers and outlook commentary

  • General Retailers was the best performing sector in May aided by the improvement in UK consumer confidence and retail sales as they rose from 0.5% between March and April, 0.3% higher than the figure forecasted by economists polled by Reuters
  • Mobile Telecoms was the worst performing sector in May. Vodaphone was the main decliner in the sector as shares slid by 18.5% over the course of the month as it unveiled plans to cut c.11,000 jobs and its FY23 results were slightly below the guided range
  • Worth noting that despite a small loss in May, the Travel & Leisure sector has posted strong gains year-to date. The sector benefits from better then expected economic data and UK consumers pending on holidays has increased by 18% (Y/Y)


Sector performance (Year to date)

Sector performance LTM (chart)

Source: FactSet, Financial Times, Investegate, ONS
 

Sector performance (May 2023)

Sector performance (April 2023) chart

Source: FactSet, Financial Times, Investegate, ONS

UK ECM activity remains stable in May

Deal value improved significantly in May as sell-down activity gathered pace

Deal value and numbers

Public equity fund-raises by sector and highlighted deals

Public equity fund-raises by sector and highlighted deals

Sell-down activity over May

Sell-down activity over May

ECM issuance across the deal size spectrum in May

ecm issuance across the deal size spectrum in May

The UK IPO pipeline

The UK IPO pipeline deals

Source: Dealogic. Analysis and commentary only includes transactions greater or equal to £5m, and only includes transactions involving an issue of new shares i.e. primary share issuances

A snapshot of the current UK public M&A market

UK public M&A activity slowed significantly in May

Shield Therapeutics plc
CK Asset Holdings Limited deal
HEYCO Energy Group deal
UNBOUND Group deal
LondonMetric Property plc deal

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