Investors who expected the recent avalanche of floats to offer up the best chance of a sequel to the 17.4% return the market delivered to 30 June and 21% year-on-year, have received a crude reminder. For a myriad reasons, none the least being overpriced and over spruiked companies wired to uninspiring sectors, most IPOs are best left alone.
The number of lack-lustre floats this year is a reminder that all IPOs need to be pressure-tested to ensure they’re both investment worthy and attractively priced. That’s especially true where listings are owned by private equity firms queuing up to exit and hedge funds that are also circling for a piece of the action.
Our four IPO tips will help you identify true quality and value within the mixed bag of floats coming up in 2014.