3 Upcoming IPOs UK | May 2021: Who are they and what do they do?

We take a look at upcoming IPOS in the UK due to be listed on the LSE over the next month and how their sector has been performing this year.

1 Belluscura

2 Kitwave

3 Dianomi

BELLUSCURA IPO

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FTSE 350 Sector Medical Equipment and Services performance 2021 YTD. Source: SharePad

Expected opening date 17th May 2021

Expected issue price 42p-48p

Expected market cap £50m-£55m

Ticker TBC

At the helm Robert Rauker

Rauker has had extensive experience in the medical device sector, working across the development, marketing and sale of medical devices.

He previously served as Senior Vice President at Acacia Research Group which ultimately generated revenue of $30m. He also headed multi-billion-dollar companies Synthes Inc. and Boston Scientific Endoscopy in the same sector.

What they do

Bellascura is a UK-based medical device company focused on developing oxygen enrichment technology. It was founded by London-based IP investment firm Tekcapital, which owns 18% of shares at present. Belluscura has contributed to 18 patents and applications relating to concentrated oxygen generation.

Part of the strategy involves investing in new techniques to drive down manufacturing costs, targeting the market for premium quality devices. In March 2021, Belluscura was granted clearance from the FDA for its patented Portable Oxygen Concentrator; the market for portable O2 is forecast to grow from $1.6bn in 2018 to $2.4bn by 2025.

KITWAVE IPO

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FTSE 350 Sector Retailers performance 2021 YTD. Source: SharePad

Expected opening date 24th May 2021

Expected issue price 150p

Expected market cap £105m

Ticker KITW

At the helm Paul Young

Young, 64, founded Kitwave in 1987, and has overseen its growth in the North East ever since. He has been a majority stakeholder, owning over 50% of the business, though upon admission to the LSE, senior management holdings will amount to less than a quarter (22.3%).

What they do

Kitwave began as a single cash-and-carry in Tyneside and grew steadily over the years until 2011, when private backing sparked rapid growth through the acquisition of ten wholesale distributors around the UK. It specialises in “impulse” products including confectionery, soft drinks, frozen and chilled groceries, alcohol and tobacco.

The company now has 26 depots in its network and employs 1100 staff. At the April 2020 year end, revenue amounted to £399m, and Kitwave plans to continue growing through the same buy-and-build strategy. The market in which it operates was estimated to be worth £26.1bn in 2020, and is expected to grow to £32.6bn by 2025.

DIANOMI IPO

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FTSE 350 Sector Media performance 2021 YTD. Source: SharePad

Expected opening date Late May 2021

Expected issue price TBC

Expected market cap £67m – £76m

Ticker TBC

At the helm Rupert Hodson

Hodson, 49, founded Dianomi with two colleagues from Interactive Investor back in 2002. He started his financial career in 1994, and went on to spend 5 years at Interactive Investor heading up the commercial team.

What they do

Dianomi specialises in native advertising, allowing brands to place adverts that match the format of the platform, and generates revenue per click or per impression. It boasts an impressive client list, including many of the world’s largest asset and wealth management companies, and half of the top 10 Wall Street banks.

Total revenue reached £28.4m last year, a compound annual growth rate of nearly 50% over the last five years. Much of the company’s business is currently focused in the US, and proceeds from the float will be used to expand operations in the US and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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3 comments on 3 Upcoming IPOs UK | May 2021: Who are they and what do they do?

  1. Good to see news of forth coming IPOs. Being a relatively new subscriber to Sharepad, does it have a personalised calendar for subscribers own use?

  2. I get loads of financial info from the services I subscribe to, and this is the clearest and most useful guide to IPOs that I get. I hope the series continues.

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