Douwe Egberts goes public for the third time
Douwe Egberts, now a subsidiary of the American-German-Dutch company JDE Peet’s, is set to make its second return onto the Amsterdam exchange. The coffee company made its first appearance at Beursplein 5 in 1982. Because its former American parent company, which would later be known as Sara Lee, decided to delist the company shortly after, its initial run on the exchange only lasted until 1984.READ MORE
Gong ceremony suspended
Following the outbreak of the corona virus, the Amsterdam exchange has decided to temporarily suspend the daily gong ceremony. The company also closes its doors to visitors. Trading however continues, resulting in unprecedented activity levels and major slumps, especially at the start of the crisis.
CM.com goes public
After the Breda technology company CM.com was forced to abandon its plans for an IPO in 2019 due to disappointing market conditions and a lack of interest, it finally makes its debut at the Amsterdam exchange today. CM.com, which mainly helps companies such as IKEA and Albert Heijn communicate with its customers via text messaging and WhatsApp, goes public to raise capital to develop new activities, such as ticket sales for major events and mobile payment services.READ MORE
Recycling firm Renewi listed on the Amsterdam exchange
Anglo-Dutch waste processor Renewi is to be listed on the Amsterdam exchange. The company, which was created in 2016 after a merger between the British Shanks and the Dutch Van Gansewinkel, is already listed on the London Stock Exchange. No new shares will be issued. The purpose of the second listing in Amsterdam just before Britain’s exit from the European Union is to increase interest in the sustainable nature of the business among Benelux investors, where the company has the largest presence. Via this detour, Van Gansewinkel has finally managed to make it to Beursplein 5 after almost 10 years.
Drumming day 2019
This year, the Amsterdam exchange continues the age-old tradition of drumming. As in 2018, Amsterdam’s school children will bang their drums to commemorate the actions of an alert orphan boy, who managed to prevent a Spanish attack on the Hendrick de Keyser Exchange during the Eighty Years’ war.
Aedifica listed on Amsterdam exchange
Belgian real estate fund Aedifica, which has been listed in Brussels since 2006, is getting a second listing on Euronext Amsterdam today. With its listing on the Amsterdam exchange, Aedifica, which specializes in healthcare real estate for senior citizens, wants to contribute to further growth and visibility on the Dutch market. It will not, however, be issuing new shares.
First chairwoman of the Amsterdam exchange
For the first time in its long history, the Amsterdam exchange is set to have a female chairperson: Simone Huis in ’t Veld. This marks a special milestone for an institution that has historically been a male stronghold. Although the first woman was granted membership to the stock exchange in 1923, the trading floor would remain off limits to women for a long time after. After the appearance of the first three female traders on the exchange floor in 1975, Simone Huis in ’t Veld today becomes the first woman to ever take up the gavel at Beursplein 5.
Internet company Prosus listed on Amsterdam exchange
The South African media and technology company Naspers is splitting off its international online activities and listing them on the Amsterdam stock exchange under the name Prosus. No new shares will be issued. With this IPO, part of all Naspers shares, listed in Johannesburg, will be renamed and transferred to the Amsterdam exchange.READ MORE
Fastned heads to Beursplein 5
Charging station operator Fastned, which has been listed on the alternative stock exchange NxChange since 2016, is also set to get a listing on Euronext Amsterdam. This makes Fastned a ‘dual-listed company’, making it possible for the company’s shares to be traded on both exchanges. Due to high demand and limited supply, the share is considerably more expensive on Euronext than on NxChange for the first few days, a situation that is both highly unusual and, according to the VEB Association of Stock Owners, very undesirable.
Icelandic food-processing company listed on Amsterdam exchange
Marel, an originally Icelandic manufacturer of chicken, meat, and poultry processing equipment, is set to get a second listing on Amsterdam’s stock exchange. The company has been listed in Reykjavik since 1992, where it is the largest company by market cap. Marel is issuing a total of 100 million new shares, raising € 370 million in new capital. With its listing in Amsterdam, Marel is seeking to increase the marketability of shares in the company, which also has a presence in the Dutch towns of Boxmeer and Lichtenvoorde.
Euronext acquires Norwegian exchange
After a fierce takeover battle with the American Nasdaq, Euronext, the parent company of the Amsterdam exchange, has managed to acquire the Oslo exchange for almost € 700 million. The Oslo exchange was one of the last remaining independent exchanges in Europe. With an annual turnover of € 110 million in 2018, it will be Euronext’s third-largest exchange after Paris and Amsterdam. This new addition is much larger than the relatively small Dublin exchange, which Euronext acquired in 2018.READ MORE
NxChange open to cooperation
The small Amsterdam-based SME exchange NXChange is set to start cooperating with its Swiss peer Lykke. For the Swiss, the AFM trading license recently obtained by NxChange is a major reason for entering into a strategic alliance. Lykke will also take a stake in NxChange, marking the first time that the latter has raised external capital since it was founded in 2016. NxChange is also entering into a partnership with Rabobank to provide loans to SMEs listed and traded on this alternative exchange platform.
Envipco goes public
Envipco, an international company that produces Reverse Vending Machines and recycling systems is set to be listed on the Amsterdam exchange. With its recycling systems, Envipco seeks to facilitate the affordable, environmentally friendly collection of beverage packaging. In addition to its branch in the Netherlands, the company operates various other branches around the world.
Payment company Adyen goes public
Amsterdam-based payment company Adyen is to get a listing on the Amsterdam exchange. Since it was first founded in 2006, Adyen has been one of the fastest growing fintech companies in the Netherlands.READ MORE
Second listing for Retail Estates
Belgian real estate fund Real Estates, which has been listed in Brussels since 1998, is strengthening its presence in the Netherlands with a second listing on the Amsterdam exchange.
AFM grants NPEX a new trading licence. After trading on the SME exchange based in the Hague was suspended in November 2017 because its license no longer met MIFID II rules, the exchange is now up and running once more. Under the new regulations, NPEX has been granted MTF status as a recognized alternative exchange platform. In addition to the launch of a new and improved trading system, the restart has also ushered in a change in the ownership structure. Along with a new majority shareholder, the government has become a co-owner, having transmuted a loan into stock.
Options Exchange celebrates 40th birthday
Euronext is celebrating the 40th birthday of Amsterdam’s options exchange, which started life as the European Options Exchange (EOE) when it became Europe’s first options exchange in 1978. In addition to major celebrations and a conference, also the ancient tradition of exchange drumming marked this special anniversary.
Euronext acquires Irish exchange
Euronext, the parent company of the Amsterdam exchange, has taken over the Dublin-based Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) for € 137 million. ISE was founded in 1793 and has screen trading since 2000. At the time of the acquisition, 56 companies were listed on the Dublin stock exchange with a total market cap of € 125 billion. These companies will be added to the 1300 listings, with a total market cap of € 3600 billion, already on Euronext. After Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Lisbon, the Dublin-based exchange is now the fifth national exchange to join the Euronext group.
NIBC corporate bank listed
After several unsuccessful attempts, JC Flowers today successfully floated the NIBC corporate bank, based in the Hague. Remarkably, two new companies make their debut at Beursplein 5 today, which is why NIBC’s listing is celebrated with an extra gong ceremony in the afternoon.
Distribution company B&S makes stock exchange debut
This morning, B&S Group, a consumer product distributor from Dordrecht, makes its debut on the Amsterdam exchange. B&S supplies foodstuffs, cosmetics and beverages to major cruise lines and military bases and made its name in trading tax-free products.
Energy specialist Alfen goes public
Energy specialist Alfen is to get a listing on the Amsterdam exchange. The Almere-based builder of transformers, energy storage systems, and charging stations, is hoping that its IPO will increase brand awareness abroad.
Film about Wally van Hall
The feature film ‘Bankier van het Verzet’, chronicling the special acts of resistance of stock trader Walraven van Hall has its premiere today. Thanks to his network in the financial world, Van Hall managed to raise more than 80 million guilders for the resistance during the war. Beursplein 5 was a key location for his resistance work and can be seen in the film. Eventually, the film managed to draw about 400,000 people to cinemas across the country.
Dutch Star Company One listed
Dutch Star Companies One (DSCO) is launching an IPO on the Amsterdam exchange. Remarkably, DSCO is not a company, but a so-called SPAC with the aim of buying a major stake in a yet to be chosen, preferably Dutch company, which will then take over DSCO’s listing.
Update: Following a merger, technology company CM.com acquired DSCO’s listing in early 2020.
MIFID II enters into force
In addition to the European MIFID directive introduced in 2007, a new set of rules for European capital markets called MIFID II will enter into effect today. The main objective of the new rules is improvement of transparency and investor protection.
Stricter rules for reverse listings
Together with AFM, Euronext is introducing stricter rules for reverse listings. In a reverse listing, a company effectively goes public by acquiring an ‘empty’ listed company.READ MORE
Ladder manufacturer goes public
Just a few days before the stricter reverse listing rules are set to come into force, Brabant-based scaffolding and ladder manufacturer Alumexx is set to become publicly held by acquiring the ‘empty’ listed company Phelix.
Investment fund goes public
South-African investment fund Reinet Investments makes its debut on the Amsterdam exchange. With this new listing, Reinet hopes to gain access to a new group of European investors.
Childminding agency goes public
Gastvrij Nederland, the tenth largest childminding agency in the Netherlands, becomes listed on the Amsterdam exchange. It managed to secure this listing by means of the so-called reverse listing route, acquiring the ’empty’ listed company Lavide.
Silent IPO for real estate fund
Nepi Rockcastle, a real estate fund from South Africa, which mainly operates in Central and Eastern Europe, is set for a silent IPO on the Amsterdam exchange.
Construction company VolkerWessels returns to the exchange
VolkerWessels, which was also listed between 1990 and 2003, returns to the Amsterdam exchange. The construction company from Rijssen, Twente, employs 16,000 people and mainly operates in the Netherlands, England, Germany and North America.
Update: after a successful takeover bid from Reggeborgh, the investment fund of the Wessels family, VolkerWessels went private again in March 2020.
Tech company VEON goes public
VEON, originally from Russia, becomes listed on the Amsterdam exchange. The international technology company, which employees more than 40,000 people all over the world, goes public in Amsterdam because the head office is located here.
TOM calls it quits
The alternative Dutch derivatives exchange The Order Machine (TOM) is closing. TOM was founded in 2009 by online broker BinckBank and trading firm Optiver, who were dissatisfied with the high trading rates charged by Euronext, but has been forced to close after no new owner could be found.READ MORE
IPO for bioplastics developer
Avantium, a chemical company known for its bioplastics, is launching an IPO on the Amsterdam exchange. Having split off from Shell in 2000, the company was forced to call off its IPO at the last minute in 2007. The second attempt today is successful.
Meal delivery company goes public
Meal delivery company Takeaway.com, mainly known for Thuisbezorgd.nl in the Netherlands, gets a listing on the Amsterdam exchange.
NPEX on the rise
The Amsterdam exchange may be seeing a large increase in new listings, but the young SME exchange NPEX in the Hague is also becoming busier and busier. After initially focusing on real estate in 2009, NPEX shifted its efforts to financing SMEs from 2013 onwards. According to an interview published in the FD, the number of bonds issued by smaller companies is increasing strongly. Companies that have recently managed to raise money at the SME exchange include software supplier Be Informed, restaurant chain Wagamama and De Vegetarische Slager.
Fit and listed
These are busy times on Beursplein 5. On the same day as ASR’s return, fitness chain Basic-Fit makes its debut on the Amsterdam exchange. With its IPO, Basic-Fit is looking to raise approximately € 400 million with the aim of opening more gyms in the Netherlands and abroad.
ASR listed for the third time
Insurance company ASR returns to the Amsterdam exchange. The sound of the gong, makes ASR at the same time the company with the longest exchange history of all listed companies. The first predecessor of the group, ‘Stadt Rotterdam’, which is still represented by the last two letters of the group’s current name, had its first IPO in 1720. Admittedly, this was an ‘unofficial’ first, because even though the company’s shares were publicly listed and traded, there was no real exchange organisation yet.READ MORE
Coca-Cola European Partners, the company that bottles soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, and Chaudfontaine, is listing its shares on the Amsterdam exchange.
Philips Lighting listed
Philips, which originally became listed as a light bulb manufacturer in 1912, is shifting its focus to medical technology and lists its lighting unit as an independent company: Philips Lighting (now: Signify).
Cattle feed producer ForFarmers is making its debut on the Amsterdam exchange, hoping to increase the marketability of its existing shares.
Pipeline manufacturer goes public
Limburg-based pipeline manufacturer SIF Group, which makes foundations for wind turbines and pipelines for the offshore industry, is listed on the Amsterdam exchange.
A new stock exchange
A new small SME exchange is founded in the Netherlands: NxChange. The core idea behind this new alternative exchange platform is for companies to raise money straight from their following. The first company to be listed on NxChange is Fastned, which operates fast-charging stations for electric cars.
Interest on centuries-old bonds
Legal successor De Stiching Rijnlanden pays an interest amount of € 714.60 on rare bonds of the Lekdijk Bovendams water board dating from 1638 and 1765 from the historical archive of the Amsterdam exchange. The bonds issued by Lekdijk Bovendams are the oldest known still interest-bearing bonds in the world and symbolize the financial strength and reliability of the Netherlands and its origins: the eternal struggle of the Dutch against the water.
Dutch Corporate Governance Code revised
Today, the Van Manen Monitoring Committee presents its proposal for a revised version of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code during the annual Drumming day on Beursplein 5. The new version contains important updates concerning the remuneration policy and risk management of companies.
Listed Women’s fashion
R&S Retail Group, the parent company of women’s fashion chain Miss Etam, is making its debut on the Amsterdam exchange. To do so, the Reyail Group takes over the rights of bed manufacturer Dico International, an ‘empty’ listing company.
Public listing for IEX
The IEX Group, an online investment information provider in the Netherlands and Belgium, makes its debut on the Amsterdam exchange through a reverse listing, after acquiring the ‘empty’ listed company MTY.
ABN AMRO IPO
After being acquired by the Dutch Government in 2008, ABN returns to the Amsterdam exchange for 20% of its shares. The government will remain the owner of all other shares.
Biotech company Curetis listed
Curetius, a German biotech company, becomes listed on the Amsterdam exchange. Curetis develops and sells tests for the diagnosis of infectious diseases and will use the proceeds from the IPO to develop new tests.
Update: after a merger with American peer OpGen Curetis is de-listed again on 4 May 2020.
Intertrust goes public
Intertrust, a Dutch trust company that provides tax administration and legal services to companies makes its debut on the Amsterdam exchange.
New VOC share discovered
A new share of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) has been discovered in the Amsterdam City Archives. The share of 600 guilders, was issued on 6 October 1606, which makes it the third-oldest VOC share known to us today. The oldest VOC share was found in the West-Frisian Archive in Hoorn in 2010 and was issued on 9 September 1606. In 1606, the VOC issued around 2500 of such shares, of which seven are known to have survived. One of them is in the historical collection of the Amsterdam exchange.
Flow Traders IPO
Trading firm Flow Traders, which specializes in digital index tracker trading, brings approximately 40% of its shares to the Amsterdam exchange for a total market value of about € 1.5 billion.
Biotech company Kiadis Pharma, which is conducting research into a cure for blood cancer, is listed on the Amsterdam exchange.
Soft drink IPO
Refresco Gerber, a bottling company and producer of soft drinks that is mainly known for the Wicky brand in the Netherlands, is due to make its debut on the Amsterdam exchange.
Update: After a takeover, Refresco is de-listed again on 26 April 2018.
Shopping centre IPO
After acquiring Corio, the French real estate company Klépierre, which operates shopping centers all over Europe, becomes listed in Amsterdam, in addition to its main listing in Paris.
Glasses on the exchange
Grandvision, owner of renowned optician chains such as Pearle and Eye Wish, makes its debut on the Amsterdam exchange and brings in around € 1 billion with its listing.
Bols returns to the stock exchange
Gin and liqueur producer Lucas Bols, famous for brand names such as Bols, Bokma, Pisang Ambon and Coebergh, returns to the Amsterdam exchange. The liquor producer, which was already listed at Beursplein 5 between 1954 and 1993, brings in a total sum of € 128 million by issuing 8.1 million shares. The initial share price of € 15.75 harkens back to the year (1575) in which this “oldest producer of distilled beverages in the world” was founded.