Staff at business lender Judo Bank bought into the company’s ASX listing

- November 1, 2021 2 MIN READ
Judo Bank co-founders Joseph Healy and David Hornery. Photo: Elke Meitzel
Judo Bank made its ASX debut today, delivering comparatively modest gains for investors in the fintech’s IPO compared to some recent tech listings.

Judo (ASX: JDO) ended its first day up trade up 7.6%, closing at $2.26 from a listing price of $2.10. More than 19.5 million shares changed hands.

The float raised $657 million for implied equity valuation of $2.3 billion.

That’s an extra $400 million on the $1.9 billion valuation at Judo’s previous $174 million capital raise in June.

Adding the fund from the IPO today, the small and medium-sized business (SME) has now raised $1.857 billion in total, and seen its valuation more than double since May 2020.

Judo’s ASX debut is the first IPO by a first fully licensed Australian bank in 25 years – and comes just 2.5 years after APRA granted the fintech its full ADI licence in April 2019.

It was a good day for co-founder and CEO Joseph Healy, one of Judo’s top 10 shareholders, with a little over 3% of the business worth around $73 million. He sold down a small portion of his holding, along with co-founder David Hornery who still has a 2.1% holding that started the day worth around $43 million.

Also doing well out of the float is CFO and deputy CEO Chris Bayliss who retains just under 1% of the bank, worth $20 million.

But the bank’s staff were also keen to get in on the action, with 1.3 million shares worth $2.49 million allocated under the Employee Discount Offer.

Staff who applied were guaranteed up to $10,000 worth of shares (5,263) at $1.90 per share. There were also allowed an addition allocation at $2.10 share, with a further 718,519 shares worth $1.5 million taken up. The total under the employee scheme was capped at $4 million.

All up, Judo began trading today with 498 shareholders owning between 1,001 and 5,000 shares –  1,706,758 in total – while another 573 shareholders held between 5,001 and 10,000 shares – 4,229,433 in total (0.4%) of the company.

While Judo posted a loss of $4.9 million in FY21, the bank is forecasting a $5.2 million profit in FY22 in its prospectus.

CEO Joseph Healy said Judo Bank’s IPO means more SMEs will have access to a relationship bank that “listens, understands and boldly backs their business”, as the Melbourne-based company looks to ramp up its national expansion

“Since day one, Judo Bank’s purpose has been clear, to be Australia’s most trusted SME business bank by bringing back the craft of SME relationship banking,” he said.

“Australian SMEs have been unable to secure the lending they need and the service they deserve to support and grow their businesses.”