The IPO Buzz: February Flurry of Small Deals

The forecast for early February is a flurry of micro-cap IPOs. Nine deals – a tiny NYSE-American Exchange uplisting and eight extremely small IPOs – are on the  IPO Calendar for the week of Jan. 30, 2023. The deals range in size from $8.0 million to $22.5 million. All eight IPOs are NASDAQ listings. Bankers expect to raise about $106.02 million if all nine deals get done.

Quite a few names will look familiar:

– Four of the eight small IPOs are carry-overs from last week: Lucy Scientific Discovery, Inc. (LSDI proposed); Lead Real Estate Co. Ltd. (LRE proposed), Bullfrog AI Holdings (BFRG/ BFRGW proposed) and Elate Group (ELGP/ ELGPW proposed).

-Two deals, including the uplisting, were relaunched after postponements in December: Curative Biotechnology, Inc. (CUBT/ CUBT WS proposed), an uplisting to the NYSE-American Exchange from the OTC Pink Market, and SONDORS (SODR proposed), the maker of electric bikes and e-motorcyles, a NASDAQ listing.

-Perhaps most significantly, two deals – Lichen China Ltd. (LICN proposed) and  Lead Real Estate Co. Ltd.(LRE proposed) – are back on the IPO runway after postponements on or around Sept. 19, 2022. That’s when the NASDAQ’s policy of increased scrutiny of small-cap IPOs brought traffic almost to a halt.

U.S. stock futures are expected to open lower today (Monday, Jan. 30, 2023) Investors are in a cautious mood ahead of the Fed’s meeting this week and another blitz of earnings from bellwether companies.

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise U.S. interest rates by only 25 basis points (a quarter percentage point) on Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2023) after December’s CPI data indicated that the central bank’s aggressive campaign to curb inflation is working, as Bloomberg reported.

China, Japan & Profits

Lichen China (LCN proposed), a Chinese financial and tax service provider, and Lead Real Estate Co. Ltd. (LRE proposed), a Japanese luxury real estate developer, are generating some buzz. Both companies are profitable.

Lichen China is scheduled to price its IPO on Tuesday night (Jan. 31, 2023) for trading Wednesday, Feb. 1, on the NASDAQ. Univest Securities is the sole book-runner.

Lead Real Estate Co. Ltd.’s IPO is set to price Wednesday night (Feb. 1, 2023) for trading Thursday, Feb. 2. Network 1 Financial Securities is the sole book-runner.

As IPO investors know all too well, the NASDAQ holds the cards here. A pricing date is written in pencil until the NASDAQ gives its blessing to a small-cap IPO.

Stay tuned.

(For more information about these companies, please check the IPO Calendar and the individual IPO Profiles found on’s website.)

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Disclosure: Nobody on the staff has a position in any stocks mentioned above, nor do they trade or invest in IPOs. The staff does not issue advice, recommendations or opinions.

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