Healthy IPO pipeline despite market volatility
The IPO window remains firmly open which is somewhat unusual given the recent volatility in the Australian share market that usually tempers investors’ appetites for new listings. To this point, there have been a few notable IPOs that have been delayed, repriced lower or shelved altogether including I-Med (delayed), Aventus (repriced) and Global Traffic Network (shelved). However, there are still quality opportunities being offered including names we have recently reviewed such as Baby Bunting, Link Group and Integral Diagnostics. Of the current crop of IPOs, we are particularly drawn to specialty baby goods retailer, Baby Bunting. With 33 stores across a national footprint, Baby Bunting has an ambitious store roll-out strategy that could double its store numbers over the next five to six years. Baby Bunting is the largest retailer of its type in Australia, has strong organic growth prospects and an excellent management team and we would expect it to do well in the after-market. (VIEW LINK)
Robert was appointed Head of Investments in 2009 and has been a Portfolio Manager since joining OC Funds Management in 2001. Robert is also an Executive Director of parent company, Copia Investment Partners.