- Special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) initial public offerings (IPOs) from Jan to Apr 2021 exceeded $87bn*
- Valuations may rise, with many SPACs looking for targets in similar spaces
- Key attractions include technology, media and telecoms (TMT); pharma; and sustainability
US stock exchanges saw a total of 301 SPAC IPOs priced, raising $87.6bn in the first 15 weeks of 2021, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
SPAC IPOs set a new record in the first 12 weeks of the current year, having accounted for 77% of the total listings and 66% of the total capital raised. However, the so-termed ‘SPACulation’ seems to be fading away, evidenced by the sudden drop in capital raised by such IPOs from $11.5bn in week 13 to $0.7bn in week 15.
Keshav Kumar Jha, Business Fundamental Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The slowdown in SPAC IPOs is the result of many factors, including increasing interest rates due to the revival in economic activity and optimism surrounding economic recovery in 2021, which could provide an opportunity for investors to consider investments with lower risk. SPACs typically bring risky propositions to investors’ portfolios as the capital raised is used for acquiring and merging with a private company and taking the company public, usually within 24 months.”
SPACs were the preferred tool to raise capital as traditional-IPO could not account for even one-third of total listing on both NASDAQ and NYSE in 2021 so far.
SPAC is a quicker and more economical way to go public. A company that intends to go public in the US could easily do so the SPAC way. This has attracted investors ranging from institutional investors and hedge-fund billionaires to Hollywood actors and private investors. Michael Dell raised $500m via MSD Acquisition Corp and Sir Richard Branson raised $350m via Virgin Group Acquisition Corp II.
Jha continues: “A number of SPACs with deep pockets are targeting similar companies that could inflate valuations and force them to raise money through other routes to fund their acquisition. However, failure to secure a merger within two years would require SPACs to return the money to investors.”
Apart from the sudden drop in SPAC listing, the performance of these stocks also remained lacklustre. Among the 301 SPACs listed in 2021 so far, only 1% were trading above 10% of their listing price and 16% were trading below the listing price as of April 9, 2021.
Jha adds: “SPACs could find it increasingly difficult to attract investors due to regulators’ actions to prevent SPACs from disseminating misleading information. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently indicated that it would conduct traditional IPO-like scrutiny for SPACs to restrict them from providing overstated and misleading information to investors.”
Stocks on Nigerian Exchange Limited Sustains Gain on Tuesday
Listed stocks on the Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N36 billion on Tuesday to sustain Monday’s positive momentum.
The bourse All-Share Index rose by 0.18 percent from 39,312.74 index points on Monday to close at 39,382.96 index points on Tuesday. While the market value of listed equities expanded by N36 billion to settle at N20.527 trillion, up from N20.491 trillion recorded on Monday.
Investors traded 296.596 million shares valued at N3.362 billion in 4,265 transactions during the trading hours of Tuesday.
Meyer led gainers with N0.05 or 9.62 percent gain to close at N0.57 per share. This was followed by Presco with N6.90 or 9.58 percent gain as shown below.
Stock Market Snapshot
|EQUITY CAP||N 20,527,328,320,996.84|
|BOND CAP||N 17,216,586,380,738.50|
|ETF CAP||N 18,261,586,163.62|
Global Sell-off Should be a Reality Check for Investors: deVere CEO
Concerns about inflation that are rattling global stock markets on Tuesday should be used as a reality check for investors, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest financial advisory and fintech organizations.
The observation from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group comes as the pan-European Stoxx 600 index dropped 2.3%, with London’s FTSE 100 falling 2.4%.
Losses in Europe follow those in the Asia Pacific region. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closed more than 2% lower and Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended the Tokyo trading session having shed more than 3%.
Meanwhile, U.S. futures are down across the board ahead of the opening bell in New York.
Mr Green says: “It is to be expected that there would be a jump in prices and supply shortages, in goods like chips and some commodities, as economies re-open and pent-up demand is unleashed by households, businesses and entire industries.
“We’re at a point of major readjustment following an unprecedented economic shock and this is fuelling concerns that rising inflation will trigger central banks to tighten monetary policy which will hit asset prices.
“It is this scenario that is rattling markets and triggering a global sell-off.”
He continues: “Tech shares are bearing the brunt of the sell-off, but this will also be used as an opportunity.
“With our daily lives becoming ever more digitalized – and at a staggering pace – tech will remain one of the mega-trends for investors for the foreseeable future.
“Savvy investors will be drawn to the massive growth that tech offers and this sell-off will used as a buying opportunity. Nobody seriously believes the future isn’t online.”
Therefore, says Mr Green, investors would be wise to be “selective” about the sell-off.
“With some of the heat being taken out of the markets, with some stocks way too high, they are likely to – perhaps more judiciously than before – move to capitalize on this dip.”
The deVere CEO concludes: “Of course, I don’t have a crystal ball, but history shows that stock markets typically rise over the longer-term.
“Therefore, in the near future, I predict many investors will be seeking out the buying opportunities that exist.”
Investors Jump on Union Bank of Nigeria’s Shares Amid Acquisition Rumour
Shares of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, a leading financial institution in Nigeria, rose by 50 kobo or 9.26 percent on Monday following reports that Atlas Mara Limited, a 49.7 percent owner in the bank has been talking to investors to sell its stake.
Investors King had reported that Bloomberg sources claimed Atlas Mara Limited, a London Stock Exchange-listed pan-African banking group started by Mr. Bob Diamond is in talks with Zenith Bank, Access Bank and other investors across Africa to sell its holding in the bank.
Since the report became public investors have been acquiring shares of Union Bank in case Zenith Bank or Access Bank, one of the leading banks in the country, acquire it. Even the bank’s CEO, Godson Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, purchased an additional 2,431,917 ordinary shares of the bank on Thursday, according to the bank’s latest disclosure filing.
Union Bank of Nigeria was the third-highest gainer on Monday.
The Nigerian Exchange Limited gained N59.4 billion on Monday to close at N20.491 trillion on Monday.
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