IPO Watch: Resources who? The tech scene is where it’s at now
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The resources floats are getting fewer and further between as 2019 progresses and the tech teams are now the ones racing to ring the ASX bell.
Investors are not loving the newly minted resources players right now, with more than 68 per cent of companies that have listed in the past year losing ground.
Just three of the 22 recent resources listings have made gains, and three are back trading at their IPO issue price.
Then there’s West Australia-focused gold explorer Coolgardie Minerals (ASX:CM1), which couldn’t even make it a year as an ASX-listed company before going into administration.
Here’s a list of IPO performances over the past year:
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*Administrators appointed to Coolgardie Minerals on February 28.
So it’s probably not surprising that there are only three resources players that have launched IPOs that are still trying to make it onto the ASX — and they are all in gold.
The trend seems to be geared towards small cap tech stocks.
And it’s the most evident in the buy now, pay later space.
Splitit (ASX: SPT) has been the most closely watched stock since it lit up the boards on January 29 this year.
The IPO came on the back of a strong year for competitors Afterpay (ASX: APT) and ZipCo (ASX: Z1P), which both posted strong gains in 2018.
And the platforms stayed front and centre into the new year, ahead of a Senate committee review on the sector at the end of February.
The committee was formed in response to community concerns that buy now, pay later platforms constitute a form of predatory lending.
But critically, lawmakers stopped short of a ruling that would’ve forced companies in the space to implement stricter credit checks — similar to the standards imposed on a bank.
Splitit has been the greatest beneficiary of this sector growth and the positive Senate outcome — hitting an all-time intraday high of $2 a share on March 11, making it a 10-bagger in just under a month and a half.
It is still up nearly 450 per cent at $1.10.
Atomos (ASX:AMS), which makes and sells camera add-ons for amateur Instagrammers and professional photographers, has also done pretty well for itself, gaining 128 per cent since listing at the end of 2018.
It is trading around 94c at the moment.
Brand protection, supply chain integrity and blockchain tech company Security Matters (ASX:SMX) has more than doubled its share price to 41c.
The tech space is pretty vast, ranging from software and website development right through to hardware and social networking, according to Dean Fergie, director & portfolio manager at Cyan Investment Management.
“I guess the whole sector is just rife with entrepreneurs that are looking to try and do the next big thing,” he told Stockhead.
“The beauty in I suppose the Australian market is it’s so broad that if you want to be looking at online security or recruitment or online textbooks or whatever, you can do all that in the small cap market of Australia.”
Life360 (ASX:360) has recently launched its IPO.
The company’s flagship product is a smartphone app that provides families with information like where their loved ones are, details on their driving performance and even how close they might be to a potential crime.
The San Francisco-based company operates what is called a “freemium” model, which means users can subscribe for free but have to pay to unlock premium subscription options.
Life360 is aiming to raise $145.43m by issuing CHESS Depository interests (CDIs) priced at $4.79 each.
CDIs are a proxy for trading foreign shares on the ASX.
If Life360 is successful, the company will have a market value of nearly $820m on listing – which is slated for May 17.
Powerwrap (ASX:PWL) is also planning its debut, which is penned in for May 23.
The company has developed a tech-based platform that helps wealth advisors manage their clients’ investment portfolios.
Powerwrap is hoping to raise $17.4m by selling shares at 35c each.
Also eventually said to be launching an IPO in September this year is artificial intelligence start-up MyWave.
The AFR reported last week that the company, which was founded by National Australia Bank director Geraldine McBride, had raised $3m in seed funding.
MyWave takes customer data from big energy companies, banks and insurers and applies artificial intelligence to provide more personalised experiences for customers.
It can help with things like savings or determining the best energy or insurance plan for a customer.
Here’s a list of upcoming floats:
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