How you can make 24% returns through IPOs


There is a sector of the Australian sharemarket that has been shooting out the lights with stellar returns and beating all other sectors. It is the initial public offerings (IPOs) of new companies listing for the first time.

While the S&P/ASX has added just 1.6% since January, the 25 IPOs have risen, on average, by 24.7% to the end of May.

This is more than double the gains of last year's IPOs, which rose 11.2% for the same period in 2015. By the end of 2015, the average return caught up and was 23% for the 93 IPOs, according to the OnMarket April-May IPO Report 2016.


IPO returns during May were boosted by technology company Afterpay Holdings, which offers a buy now, pay later service.

Afterpay soared 49.5% over the month, according to Ben Bucknell, chief executive of OnMarket BookBuilds, which runs an IPO app. Technology company WiseTech jumped 30.5% by the end of May after listing on April 11.

Another strong performer was the biggest IPO on the ASX this year, the $1.3 billion plumbing manufacturer Reliance Worldwide Corporation, leaping 25.2% following listing on April 25.

Bucknell says Shark Mitigation Systems, which has devised the Clever Buoy, was another strong performer, returning 7.5% at the end of May after a May 12 listing. Chicken producer Tegel Group held its ground during May after listing at $1.55 and raising $299 million, he says.

The biggest returns were from consumer staple IPOs, which have returned 65% this year, followed by consumer discretionary (up 17.8%), healthcare (13.1%), IT (12.6%) and financials (5.2%). The only negative sector was metals and mining, which slid 5%.

"Australia's IPO market now offers good exposure to a broad range of companies, with more technology and finance companies listing these days, taking over from the resources sector which dominated 10 years ago," says Bucknell.

Source: OnMarket BookBuilds


Susan has been a finance journalist for more than 30 years, beginning at the Australian Financial Review before moving to the Sydney Morning Herald. She edited a superannuation magazine, Superfunds, for the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, and writes regularly on superannuation and managed funds. She's also author of the best-selling book Women and Money.
Joe Dalgleish
June 15, 2016 1.47pm

Wow ! 24%! Thanks for running this article. I tend to find the media beats up on the IPO market all the time. Always picking out the worst performer and using that company as the 'poster child' for all IPOs. This obviously isn't the case, as your article points out. Great to see IPOs performing so well and the OnMarket app providing us investors with an opportunity to see what opportunities are out there and giving us a chance to bid directly into the IPO via their IPO app. I love this new technology.

June 15, 2016 4.20pm

where can i find out more about IPO?websites,companies etc?

June 16, 2016 2.44pm

I use this new IPO app called OnMarket to get all my IPO news, alerts, research, and I then bid for IPOs thru them for the ones I like. It's too easy.

June 16, 2016 3.21pm

@cornelius the website they are talking about here is onmarket but it does not have all IPOs

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