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US IPO Week Ahead: 2 micro-cap IPOs include gunshot detection and a REIT

June 2, 2017
Week Ahead

Two micro-cap IPOs are on the IPO calendar for the week ahead. Both plan to raise less than $100 million.

The decline in filing activity during the past month should cause a slower-than-expected June, roughly in line with May. However, low-cost airline Frontier Group (FRNT) and cable company Altice (ATUS) could soon launch $500+ million IPOs. And initial filings have already begun to pick up, suggesting an active end-of-month heading into July. High-growth meal kit unicorn Blue Apron (APRN) and storage provider Tintri (TNTR) joined the IPO pipeline this past week and could price before month-end.

US IPO Calendar
Deal Size($m)
Market Cap($m)
Price Range
Shares Filed
Top Bookrunners
Newark, CA
$10 - 12
Roth Capital
Provides law enforcement with a sensor-based service for detecting gunshots.
Plymouth Industrial REIT
Boston, MA
$19 - 21
D.A. Davidson
BB&T Capital
Oppenheimer & Co.
REIT owning interests in 20 industrial buildings in the Midwest and Eastern US.

Plymouth stock: Industrial REIT IPO offers 7.5% yield

Plymouth Industrial REIT (PLYM) plans to raise $75 million at a market cap of $89 million. The REIT will own 20 properties, mainly warehouse, manufacturing and distribution facilities in Illinois and Ohio and five other states. Its portfolio is 98% leased to 37 different tenants, with an annualized rent of $14 million. Plymouth plans to offer an annualized dividend of $1.50 per share, a yield of 7.5% at the $20 midpoint.

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Lawyers, underwriters, guns and money: ShotSpotter aims for a $31 million IPO
ShotSpotter (SSTI) is looking to raise $31 million to pay down debt and grow at a market cap of $118 million. Its subscription-based gunshot detection service has gained traction with police departments in major cities like New York and Chicago, causing sales to rise 53% to $4.6 million in the 1Q17. However, the small and unprofitable company requires relatively high capex, and customer concentration is a key risk.

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