SPACInsider Logo
Amplitude Healthcare Breaks $10.00 on First Day of Trading
by Kristi Marvin on 2019-11-20 at 11:30am

Why did Amplitude Healthcare break $10.00 on Day-One?

As previously mentioned in the SPACInsider newsletter two week ago, the fourth quarter is an especially tough time for Day-One SPAC IPO share prices, particularly in the months of November and December. In fact, as you can see below, for both 2017 and 2018, the average Day-One IPO price for the months of November and December are significantly below the monthly average for the rest of the year.  As theorized, this is due to SPAC investors protecting their end of year P&L (any sign of weakness or trouble, they’re selling) and a necessary rotation of capital to free up money for additional IPOs.  So it’s not too surprising to see Amplitude Healthcare (AMHCU) struggle on their Day-One debut, however, trading down to $9.95 IS a little surprising.  Something more like $10.00 would have been expected.

Avg. Day-1 Close Price by Month of IPO 2017-2019 YTD with data labels


Mostly likely in addition to the above reasons posited, there’s a real sense of deal fatigue.  We’ve had a record number of SPACs this month on top of a record year.  Plus, we have two more IPOs expected to price tonight.  Investors (and SPACInsiders) are a little weary of all the new issuance. However, there is also probably an element of BMO being a new SPAC underwriter.  SPAC investors are a unique breed and having a little SPAC pricing experience under the belt helps.

On the other hand, Software Acquisition Group Inc. (SAQNU) has traded as high as $10.08 today and if rumors are true, B. Riley cut back allocations hard.  SAQNU is B. Riley’s third left-lead deal this year, on top of three in 2018, so that additional experience certainly helps when putting together a book.

However, if the above chart is a sign of what we can expect going forward for additional Day-One prices, it’s going to be challenging.  Nonetheless, we have Cantor’s PropTech Acquisition Corp. (PTACU) pricing tonight and Cantor has been averaging a Day-One close price of $10.10 all year, so it should be interesting to see if they can maintain that average in this Q-4 IPO environment. No pressure Cantor….

Stay tuned….


Recent Posts
by Marlena Haddad on 2022-12-02 at 5:38pm

  Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web.  Latest SPAC Liquidations: NightDragon, VectoIQ II, and Fortistar Sustainable Solutions Corp. Night Dragon Acquisition Corp. Will Redeem Its Public Shares and Will Not Consummate an Initial Business Combination NightDragon Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: NDAC) anticipates that the last trading day...

by Marlena Haddad on 2022-12-02 at 4:38pm

Lakeshore Acquisition I Corp. (NASDAQ:LAAA) disclosed this afternoon that its shareholders have approved its business combination with medical device company ProSomnus during a special meeting held earlier today. Approximately 92.4% of the votes cast at the meeting on the business combination proposal, representing approximately 80.5% of Lakeshore’s outstanding shares, voted to approve the deal. The SPAC disclosed...

by Marlena Haddad on 2022-12-02 at 11:38am

  Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web.  Latest SPAC News: Embark director Elaine Chao and others sued over SPAC merger, Alvotech switches CEO and takes COO from Teva, and Uber Freight and Aurora expand pilot  Embark Director Elaine Chao, Others Sued Over SPAC...

by Nicholas Alan Clayton on 2022-12-02 at 7:51am

SPACInsider contributors Anthony Sozzi and Sam Beattie this week compiled their three favorite potential SPAC targets among potential targets in the security industry. We look at why they are compelling and why each could be a fit for a blank-check merger. Security is on the market’s mind and is expected to grow at a CAGR...

by Marlena Haddad on 2022-12-01 at 5:55pm

  Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web.  Latest SPAC Liquidations: Atlas Crest Investment II and One Equity Partners Open Water I Atlas Crest Investment Corp. II to Liquidate Trust Atlas Crest II’s (NYSE:ACII) board and shareholders have agreed to establish today, December 1, 2022,...

Privacy Policy|Terms Of Use
Copyright © 2022 SPACInsider, Inc. All Rights Reserved