Stocks under pressure but the IPO frenzy on IDX refuses to die down

An electronic ticker board displays stock prices inside the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

In the space of a year, Indonesia’s stock market has gone from being one of Southeast Asia’s best performers to one of its worst, but one thing hasn’t changed: initial public offerings are still on fire.

The 35 companies that have listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange since January have returned an average of 80 percent, and the country is on track to generate the most IPOs on record this year, according to data going back to 1989. This is despite a sell-off in emerging markets that’s pulled the Jakarta Composite Index down 6.7 percent this year.

It’s a tale of two different kinds of buyers. While foreigners and institutions dump the blue chips, retail investors are fueling an IPO boom in penny stocks that has plenty of room to run because companies are pricing their shares at steep discounts, according to Jemmy Paul, chief executive officer of PT Sucorinvest Asset Management in Jakarta.

“Retail investors are still bullish,” Paul said. “It’s not going to last forever, but people know they can get 100 percent, 150 percent if they buy at the IPO price.”

Recent IPOs are eight of the 10 biggest gainers in Indonesia’s benchmark index this year — same as in 2017. The top performer is PT Transcoal Pacific, a shipper now worth 16 trillion rupiah, or about $1 billion, which has jumped almost 2,200 percent since listing less than three months ago. The shares were offered at 138 rupiah, less than 1 cent.

Indonesia has had more IPOs this year than any other country in Southeast Asia, with Malaysia a distant second. And some 24 other companies are planning to list their shares before the end of December, according to I Gede Nyoman Yetna, a director at the stock exchange.

Here are other top IPO performers this year:

    • PT Prima Cakrawala Abadi, a seafood processor worth 3.5 trillion rupiah, or about $230 million, is up almost 1,900 percent since listing at the end of last year.
    • Real estate developer PT Dafam Property Indonesia has soared more than 950 percent in five months
    • PT Andira Agro, an operator of palm-oil plantations that started trading on Aug. 16, has climbed more than 720 percent
    • PT Indah Prakasa Sentosa, another logistics company, has risen 639 percent since April
    • PT Pratama Abadi Nusa Industri, a maker of glue and oil containers, has rallied more than 390 percent since listing shares earlier in September
    • PT Borneo Olah Sarana Sukses, a coal explorer that trades under the ticker BOSS, has advanced 332 percent in seven months
    • PT Steadfast Marine, a shipbuilder worth 458 billion rupiah, is up more than 300 percent since June.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.