Boost for IPO market as Fahour’s Latitude soars on debut

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 13 & 17 : 21-Apr-21

Shares in non-bank lender Latitude Financial closed at $2.70 on 20 April, four per cent above the stock’s listing price of $2.60. Latitude reached an intra-day high of $2.99, and the stock finished its first day of trading with a market capitalisation of about $2.7bn. Latitude’s successful sharemarket debut after several failed attempts in the past is likely to bolster the IPO market; indeed, a number of rival non-bank lenders are considering a sharemarket float, including SocietyOne and Pepper Australia.

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LATITUDE FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP LIMITED – ASX LFS, SOCIETYONE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PEPPER AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Third IPO tilt values Latitude at $2.6bn

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd, Jared Lynch
The Australian – Page: 13 & 19 : 1-Apr-21

Latitude Financial is seeking to raise $200m via an IPO; the non-bank lender and ‘buy now, pay later’ provider is slated to list on the Australian sharemarket in the week beginning 19 April. The IPO will be open to institutional investors, Latitude employees and broking firms. Latitude has made two previous attempts to list on the sharemarket; it shelved an IPO worth $1bn in 2019 due to lack of sufficient interest from investors.

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LATITUDE FINANCIAL GROUP LIMITED

New year tech floats pipeline bulging after late 2020 surge

Original article by Yolanda Redrup
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 13 & 14 : 11-Jan-21

Beforepay, Marketplacer and Vinomofo are among the companies that are believed to be looking to pursue an IPO in 2021. Technology stocks are expected to be among the leading IPO candidates again, following the sharemarket debuts of companies such as Nuix and Hipages in late 2020. ASX Limited’s Max Cunningham says the success of Nuix’s IPO demonstrates the strong interest in high-growth technology companies. However, Paul Bassat of Square Peg Capital says companies should delay an IPO if they have doubts about being ready to go public.

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BEFOREPAY, MARKETPLACER, VINOMOFO, NUIX LIMITED – ASX NXL, HIPAGES GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX HPG, ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX, SQUARE PEG CAPITAL PTY LTD

Torrens Mining hits the ground running with buoyant listing

Original article by Cameron England
The Australian – Page: Online : 8-Jan-21

Shares in Torrens Mining closed at $0.295 on their first day of trading on the ASX on 7 January, having at one point risen by almost 50 per cent. The company has two gold projects in Victoria, a copper-gold prospect in Papua New Guinea, and the copper-cobalt ‘Elizabeth Creek’ project in South Australia, which is a joint venture with Coda Minerals. The project has a 159,000 tonne copper resource, and is located just 15 kilometres from BHP’s Oak Dam West copper discovery.

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TORRENS MINING LIMITED – ASX TRN, CODA MINERALS LIMITED – ASX COD, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, OZ MINERALS LIMITED – ASX OZL

Booktopia aims to raise $43.1m in IPO and list on ASX in December

Original article by Samantha Bailey
The Australian – Page: Online : 3-Nov-20

Online book retailer Booktopia has announced plans to list on the ASX on 3 December, and is seeking to raise $43.1 million via an initial public offer. Booktopia claims it has a six per cent of the Australian book market, as well as accounting for just under 15 per cent of total internet consumer book sales in Australia. It generated revenue of $165.8 million in the 2020 financial year, and is forecasting revenue of $204.5 million in the 2021 financial year. Co-founder and CEO Tony Nash says he will be staying on as CEO when the company goes public, while he has no plans to sell any of his Booktopia shares in the IPO.

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BOOKTOPIA PTY LTD

Secondary capital raisings ease on hope of reopening

Original article by Glenda Korporaal
The Australian – Page: 20 : 7-May-20

Data from ASX Limited shows that IPO activity slowed significantly in April, with seven new listings raising a combined $97m. This compares with the $1.2bn that was raised from new listings in April 2019. In contrast, the total value of capital raisings by companies that are already listed rose from just $2.3bn in April 2019 to $13.3bn. Max Cunningham, the executive general manager of listings and issuer services, expects the slowdown in IPOs to continue while coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

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ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX

IPO drought expected to continue into the new year

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 30-Jan-20

Research by HLB Mann Judd shows that 28 companies with a market capitalisation of less than $100m listed on the Australian sharemarket in 2019, compared with 72 in 2018. In total, just 62 companies debuted on the local bourse in 2019, collectively raising $6.91bn. The downturn in IPO activity has carried over into 2020, and HLB Mann Judd partner Nicholas Guest says many owners of high-growth businesses are likely to seek private equity backing rather than an IPO in the current environment.

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HLB MANN JUDD

Equity boom helps ASX offset fall in IPOs

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 13 & 18 : 8-Jan-20

The ASX’s latest activity report shows that a total of $66.3bn in capital was raised on the Australian sharemarket in 2019, compared with $98.9bn in 2018. The number of IPOs fell from 132 to just 94 in 2019, amid volatility in the global IPO market and the cancellation of several major floats on the domestic market. Meanwhile, total trades in the ASX’s cash market were 25 per cent higher in the second half of 2019 compared with the previous corresponding period, while the total on-market value traded for the half-year was nine per cent higher than previously.

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ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX

Tough time for IPOs as investors fall quiet

Original article by Samantha Bailey
The Australian – Page: 25 : 24-Jul-19

HLB Mann Judd’s latest IPO Watch report shows that 23 companies listed on the Australian sharemarket in the first half of 2019, compared with 39 during the same period in 2018. Meanwhile, just $823m was raised via IPOs during the first half, down from $2.5bn in the previous corresponding period. Marcus Ohm of HLB does not expect IPO activity to improve during the September quarter, while he says the outlook for the final quarter of 2019 may depend on how the sharemarket performs. At present, just eight companies are seeking to list in the second half of 2019.

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HLB MANN JUDD, STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX

Stockmarket boosted as Prospa prospers on debut

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian – Page: 21 : 12-Jun-19

Prospa Group’s joint CEO Beau Bertoli is upbeat about the outlook for the small business lending market, despite the slowing Australian economy. The fintech specialises in loans of between $5,000 and $300,000, and Bertoli say there is a lot of unmet demand for small business loans. Prospa’s shares peaked at $4.55 on the stock’s first day of trading on 11 June, having been issued at $3.78. Prospa has forecast a pro-forma net loss of $1.5m for fiscal 2019.

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PROSPA GROUP LIMITED – ASX PGL, REFINITIV, QUALITAS REAL ESTATE INCOME FUND – ASX QRI, LIFE360 INCORPORATED – ASX 360