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SPACs Losing Momentum as Investors Shy Away, Says GlobalData

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  • 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.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Stock Investors Gained N25 Billion on Wednesday

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Investors that invested in the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) gained N25 billion on Wednesday as more stocks closed in the green.

Investors traded 141,407,914 shares valued at N2.973 billion in 3,079 transactions during the trading hours of Wednesday, contrast to 228,479,010 shares valued at N1.879 billion that exchanged hands in 3,376 deals on Tuesday.

Market value grew by N25 billion from N20.278 trillion it closed on Tuesday to N20.303 trillion on Wednesday,  while the NGX All-Share Index appreciated by 0.12 percent to 38,968.34 index points, up from 38,920.5 index points.

UPDC Plc led gainers for second consecutive day with N0.16 or 9.64 percent to close at N1.82 per share. While N Nig. Flour Mills Plc followed with N0.70 or 9.59 percent to settle at N8 a unit. See the details below.

Top Gainers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
UPDC N 1.66 N 1.82 0.16 9.64 %
NNFM N 7.30 N 8.00 0.70 9.59 %
OANDO N 4.35 N 4.62 0.27 6.21 %
LEARNAFRCA N 1.36 N 1.44 0.08 5.88 %
HONYFLOUR N 3.92 N 4.07 0.15 3.83 %

Top Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
TRANSCOHOT N 5.00 N 4.50 -0.50 -10.00 %
CHIPLC N 0.53 N 0.48 -0.05 -9.43 %
PRESTIGE N 0.48 N 0.44 -0.04 -8.33 %
CHAMPION N 2.08 N 1.91 -0.17 -8.17 %
LASACO N 1.30 N 1.20 -0.10 -7.69 %

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
UNIVINSURE 17987052.00 3597410.40
ZENITHBANK 9711718.00 229355692.90
UCAP 9341841.00 76221425.25
TRANSCORP 9082603.00 8286258.24
ACCESS 9023766.00 83787940.10

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Investors Oversubscribed for Access Bank US$500 Million Senior Unsecured Eurobond

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Access Bank Plc strong financial position has continued to attract global investors to the bank’s financial instruments despite the ongoing global challenges and limitations.

Investors oversubscribed for the bank’s $500 million Senior Unsecured Eurobond issued under Access Bank’s $1.5 billion Global Medium-Term Note Programme. The lender offering received over three times oversubscribed orderbook of over $1.6 billion, the largest orderbook for a Nigerian bank Eurobond.

According to a statement signed by Sunday Ekwochi, the bank’s secretary and seen by Investors King the fund will help enhance the capacity of the Bank to support its general banking process and provide medium term funding for the lender.

The Senior Eurobond is a 5-year unsecured note (144A/RegS) is listed on London Stock Exchange and it will mature in September 2026 with a yield and coupon rate of 6.12 percent. The interest is payable semi-annually in arrears.

Speaking on the success of the Eurobond, Herbert Wigwe, Group Managing Director, said: “At Access Bank we remain committed to our vision to become the World’s Most Respected African Bank and Africa’s Gateway to the World. The success of our USS500 milion Senior Unsecured Eurobond is yet another stride towards the realisation of that vision and underscores our investors confidence in the Access Bank story. We are pleased with the diversity of the order book and the success of this issuance further strengthens our resolve to deliver on our strategic objectives”.

Absa, Barclays Bank, JP Morgan and Standard Chartered acted as Joint Bookrunners on the transaction; and Chapel Hll Denham and Rand Merchant Bank acted as Financial Advisors and Joint Bookrunners.

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Nigerian Exchange Limited Closes Slightly in Green on Tuesday Following Weeks of Bearish Trend

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The Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) rebounded slightly from bearish trends on Tuesday as investors gained N2 billion after weeks of trading in the red.

Market value of all stocks rose to N20.278 trillion on Tuesday, up by N2 billion from N20.276 trillion recorded on Monday. While the NGX All-Share Index gained 0.01 to close at 38,920.5 index points from 38,915.62 index points it settled on Monday.

Investors transacted 228,479,010 shares valued at N1.879 billion in 3,376 deals during the trading hours of Tuesday, against 201,103,282 shares worth N2.526 billion that exchanged hands in 3,340 transactions on Monday.

UPDC Plc led gainers with N0.15 or 9.93 percent to close the day at N1.66 a share while Academy Press Plc followed with N0.03 or 8.33 gain to settle at N0.39 a unit.

Investors renewed interest in Wema Bank as a total of 46,760,667.00 shares valued at N35,973,004.78 were traded during on Tuesday. Access Bank came second with 28239839.00 shares worth N263,494,888.05

Top Gainers

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
UPDC N 1.51 N 1.66 0.15 9.93 %
ACADEMY N 0.36 N 0.39 0.03 8.33 %
COURTVILLE N 0.27 N 0.29 0.02 7.41 %
VITAFOAM N 16.75 N 17.40 0.65 3.88 %
LIVESTOCK N 2.08 N 2.14 0.06 2.88 %

Top Losers 

Symbols Last Close Current Change %Change
SOVRENINS N 0.27 N 0.25 -0.02 -7.41 %
UPL N 1.09 N 1.02 -0.07 -6.42 %
REGALINS N 0.48 N 0.45 -0.03 -6.25 %
UACN N 10.30 N 9.80 -0.50 -4.85 %
CHAMS N 0.22 N 0.21 -0.01 -4.55 %

Top Trades

Symbols Volume Value
WEMABANK 46760667.00 35973004.78
ACCESS 28239839.00 263494888.05
UBA 17767249.00 135078503.15
MBENEFIT 17243869.00 4879080.30
FIDELITYBK 14799631.00 36065747.39

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