Robinhood, Rivian Lead Slide in Pandemic-Era IPOs

More than 80% of tech-related initial public offerings since March 2020 are trading below their listing price, according to data compiled by…

Bloomberg that looked at IPOs of at least $500 million.

The losers include some of the most-anticipated IPOs of the past couple of years, such as online brokerage firm Robinhood Markets Inc., electric-vehicle maker Rivian Automotive Inc., dating service Bumble Inc. and language learning app Duolingo Inc.

The performance reflects investors’ sudden loss of appetite for the riskiest stocks, triggered by the Federal Reserve’s efforts to control inflation by raising interest rates. The tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 Index has slumped nearly 24% since its November record, while the broader S&P 500 has fallen by half that in the same period.

“There will be a time when speculation comes back into fashion, but right now you have to hunker down and realize that things change and that you can’t use the same strategy all the time,” said Mark Grant, chief global strategist at Colliers Securities LLC.

Shares of companies with the fastest expected growth, some of which were pandemic beneficiaries, performed phenomenally last year and a lot had been priced in, said Mark Hawtin, investment director at GAM.

“That has now created a situation which has gone from being, fairly fully valued to one where there’s immense opportunity,” he said.

To be sure, there are still a few companies that have made gains since going public. Among them, Warren Buffett-backed software firm Snowflake Inc., GlobalFoundries Inc. and home rental company Airbnb Inc. are all trading higher.

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