Visa’s $17.9 billion blockbuster IPO was the talk of the town last week – no surprises there. But this is Wall Street where you’re only as good as your last trade. The next question is: “What do you have for us now?”
Visa’s IPO will debut on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning, March 19 — a day ahead of schedule. Its original launch date was Thursday, March 20. That tells you all you need to know about the deal.
The SPACs, which are special purpose acquisition companies or blank checks, have been the only IPO game in town this year. Eleven of this year’s 20 IPOs have been SPACs, but the traffic has dried up lately. Many are trading below their initial offering prices, but there could be gold in some of those SPACs.
Over the years, there are two factors that slow down or stop the IPO calendar. One is stock market conditions and the other is seasonal factors. Both forces have made their appearances in today’s new-issues market.
The financial press has recently reported a surge in the number of IPO cancellations, but that’s only half the story. What has been overlooked has been the number of new IPO filings. They have been running at a faster pace. The ratio of new filings versus cancellations has been 2-to-1.