The IPO Buzz: Japan, Bitcoin Miner & A REIT in #MLK Holiday Week

Japan, a Bitcoin miner and a real estate investment trust (REIT) are featured on this week’s IPO Calendar. But the U.S. stock market’s plunge on Tuesday drove the NASDAQ down close to correction territory as bond yields hit a two-year high. Tuesday’s sell-off was a shock after the long holiday weekend. The U.S. stock market was closed on Monday (Jan. 17, 2022) for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the federal holiday honoring the birthday of the slain civil rights leader. He would have turned 93 on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (Editor’s Note: This column was updated Tuesday evening.)

“When the market is crappy, no one’s going to line up around the block for IPOs,” an IPO pro said.

Yoshitsu Ltd. (TKLF), a Japanese retailer of beauty and health products, defied gravity on Tuesday with its stock gaining 700 percent in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ. The IPO, priced on Jan. 10, 2022, at $4, opened at $40.99, its high for the day, and closed at $32.

Univest Securities was the sole book-runner of Yoshitsu’s IPO.

On Wednesday night, Generation Asia I Acquisition Limited (GAQ.U proposed) is scheduled for pricing, with Nomura as the sole book-runner of this SPAC’s IPO. The offering, consisting of 20 million units at $10 each, has attracted interest from three anchor investors, whose indications of interest account in aggregate for up to 101.3 percent of the deal.

Bitcoin miner Rhodium Enterprises (RHDM proposed) and the REIT, Four Springs Capital Trust (FSPR proposed), are also set for pricing Wednesday night.

Rhodium says its proprietary liquid-cooling technology helps lower the energy costs of producing Bitcoin at its site in Texas.

Bitcoin is a sector with dedicated fans. But skeptics say that the volatility of Bitcoin’s price is a risk factor.

Four Springs Capital Trust is a REIT that owns and operates income-producing properties with long-term leases from tenants in the industrial, medical, necessity/retail and office sectors. This REIT’s IPO is attracting attention from financial and real estate sector buyers.

Bankers expect to raise about $700 million this week from 10 deals on this week’s pricing roster. The lineup includes six IPOs, one NASDAQ uplisting and three SPACs. (Another SPAC, Technology & Telecommunication Acquisition Corp. (TETEU), was priced on Friday, Jan. 14, and started trading today (Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022).)

Just one IPO – Credo Technology Group Holding Ltd. (CRDO proposed) – has been scheduled so far for the final week of January. That could change as the short work week goes along and more filings flow into the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Stay tuned.

For an overview of the IPOs scheduled for pricing so far this week, please click on the link to IPO Calendar: IPO Calendar | IPOScoop

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