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

Rationale for Foxtel IPO remains: Telstra’s Penn

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 5-Jun-19

Telstra CEO Andy Penn has indicated that a sharemarket float of pay-TV company Foxtel is still likely at some point. He says the reasons for a Foxtel IPO are as compelling as when the proposal was first mooted several years ago. Telstra reduced its stake in Foxtel from 50 per cent to 35 per cent as part of a restructuring that resulted in the merger of Foxtel and News Corp-owned Fox Sports. Penn adds that Foxtel is still an important asset for Telstra, and the telco will retain a stake in Foxtel if it is floated.

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FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, KAYO SPORTS, STAN ENTERTAINMENT PTY LTD, NETFLIX INCORPORATED

Queue for new share listings shrinks after 18pc loss last year

Original article by Michael Bailey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 31-Jan-19

HLB Mann Judd expects Australia’s IPO market to remain subdued in 2019, after a poor performance in 2018. Companies that listed in 2018 had shed an average of 18 per cent of their value by the end of the year. IPO activity was also lower, with the number of floats falling from 110 in 2017 to just 93. Marcus Ohm of HLB Mann Judd notes that the 17 companies that have applied to list on the sharemarket so far in 2019 are seeking to raise just $179m in total.

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HLB MANN JUDD, IFLIX LIMITED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, VIVA ENERGY GROUP LIMITED – ASX VEA, CORONADO GLOBAL RESOURCES INCORPORATED – ASX CRN, L1 LONG SHORT FUND LIMITED – ASX LSF, ADRIATIC METALS PLC – ASX ADT, EXOPHARM LIMITED – ASX EX1, ELIXINOL GLOBAL LIMITE – ASX EXL

Challenging year in the offing for ASX listings

Original article by William McInnes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 12 & 16 : 8-Jan-19

More than 130 companies debuted on the Australian sharemarket in 2018, but stock exchange operator ASX Limited expects the environment for new listings to be difficult in 2019. Max Cunningham, the ASX’s executive general manager of listings, says the first quarter in particular will be challenging given the recent market volatility, although the outlook for calendar 2019 will become clearer by March or April. He adds that several large technology companies are looking at IPOs, and he notes increased listing activity in the mining sector.

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ASX LIMITED – ASX ASX, COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, PROPERTY EXCHANGE AUSTRALIA, COLONIAL FIRST STATE GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT, WISETECH GLOBAL LIMITED – ASX WTC, XERO LIMITED – ASX XRO, APPEN LIMITED – ASX APX

Year of shame puts floats on ice

Original article by Jonathan Shapiro, Sarah Thompson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 18 : 10-Dec-18

Hugh Dive of Atlas Funds Management says the financial market is approaching the end of its bull run, resulting in lower-quality IPOs. Sebastian Evans of NAOS says many companies have no good reason for listing on the Australian sharemarket, and he does not anticipate an improvement in the quality of IPOs in the near-term. Meanwhile, Andrew Stevens of UBS says investors are becoming more selective with regard to IPOs. Coronado Global Resources and Viva Energy are among the recent IPOs that have underperformed.

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ATLAS FUNDS MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, NAOS ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITED, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, CORONADO GLOBAL RESOURCES INCORPORATED – ASX CRN, VIVA ENERGY GROUP LIMITED – ASX VEA, REDCAPE HOTEL GROUP – ASX RDC, SMILES INCLUSIVE LIMITED – ASX SIL, EVANS DIXON LIMITED – ASX ED1, BLUE SKY ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS LIMITED – ASX BLA, PROSPA GROUP LIMITED, RAIZ INVEST LIMITED – ASX RZI, TRIMANTIUM GROWTHOPS LIMITED – ASX TGO, RCR TOMLINSON LIMITED – ASX RCR, LATITUDE FINANCIAL PARTNERS, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, TRANSURBAN GROUP LIMITED – ASX TCL

New era as Coles breaks free

Original article by Eli Greenblat, Sarah-Jane Tasker
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 22-Nov-18

Shares in Coles Group closed at $12.75 on 21 November, after the stock listed at $12.49 following its demerger from Wesfarmers. Coles has a market capitalisation of about $16bn, ranking it among Australia’s 20 largest listed companies. Alphinity Investment Management’s Bruce Smith expects some volatility in Coles’ share price in the near-term, as investors decide whether to buy into the stock or sell their holdings. Vertium Asset Management’s Jason Teh adds that Coles has a higher level of higher investment risk than grocery rival Woolworths.

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COLES GROUP LIMITED – ASX COL, ALPHINITY INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, VERTIUM ASSET MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, WOOLWORTHS GROUP LIMITED – ASX WOW, WESFARMERS LIMITED – ASX WES, ALDI STORES SUPERMARKETS PTY LTD, COSTCO WHOLESALE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AMAZON.COM INCORPORATED, SOUTH32 LIMITED – ASX S32, SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, ARISTOCRAT LEISURE LIMITED – ASX ALL