Dubbed by the ASX as one of the ‘most-important’ listings in history for the local market, US payments giant Block (ASX: SQ2) will complete a dual-listing later this week on Thursday.

The Jack Dorsey-led business, formerly known as Square, is viewed by the market operator as a sign of potential pulling power for the Australian share market to attract other high-profile tech stories in the future. Following its acquisition of buy-now pay-later juggernaut Afterpay (ASX: APT), which will be wrapped up in the parent company as part of Block’s listing, an estimated 20% of the company’s total market cap will be represented through the ASX.

Block is striving to become a diversified financial payments business. It will be the ASX’s first major cryptocurrency stock, with the company having generated nearly US$2 billion in revenue from bitcoin trading in its most-recent quarter. Apart from owning approximately 8,000 Bitcoin, and making progress on developing a Bitcoin wallet, it is building a system for bitcoin miners and will begin mining the digital currency as well.

Elsewhere, Beforepay (ASX: B4P) is a hybrid payday-BNPL stock looking to make an impression on ASX investors, however, it comes to market at a time when the broader payments segment has been out of favour. With the likes of Afterpay, Zip (ASX: Z1P), EML Payments (ASX: EML) and many other related stocks significantly off their yearly highs, management will be hoping Beforepay’s unique model sets it apart from its peers. 

The company allows customers to effectively receive an advance on a portion of their salary as a loan to improve their cash flow, while charging a transaction fee of 5% to do so. It has raised $35 million at $3.41 per share to fast-track its growth, having accumulated over 125,000 customers by late last year. Former Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer is Chair for the business, which posted a net loss of nearly $20 million in FY21 from revenue of $4.5 million.

Battery metals IPOs ChemX Materials (ASX: CMX) and NiCo Resources (ASX: NC1) are locked in for debuts on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, a week after they were expected to list before delays surfaced. However, they’ll be joined by a number of other commodity floats, with gold and copper explorers being one of the resonating themes thanks to the likes of Vertex Minerals (ASX: VTX), Virdis Mining and Minerals (ASX: VNM), Felix Gold (ASX: FXG) and more.

In the US, fully-integrated bitcoin miner Rhodium Enterprises (NASDAQ: RHDM) takes centre stage after raising US$100 million. Based in Texas, the company was set up to acquire and operate infrastructure assets for Bitcoin mining operations. At this time, Rhodium, valued at up to US$1.7 billion, oversees a facility with 125 MW of power capacity and 2.7 exahashes of mining capacity.


Upcoming IPOs

Company Focus IPO size Expected debut
ASX     Beforepay (B4P) BNPL offering access to a portion of upcoming pay $35m Jan 17
ASX Vertex Minerals (VTX) Gold explorer $5.5m Jan 17
ASX ChemX Materials (CMX) Advanced materials tech firm focused on HPA production     $8m Jan 18
ASX NiCo Resources (NC1) Nickel-cobalt explorer $12m Jan 19
ASX Virdis Mining and Minerals (VNM)     Gold, nickel, copper, PGE and rare earths explorer $5.5m Jan 19
ASX Block (SQ2) Global fintech and payments firm, owns Afterpay Jan 20
ASX Felix Gold (FXG) Gold explorer $10m Jan 20
ASX Killi Resources (KLI) Gold and copper explorer $6m Jan 20
ASX Belararox (BRX) Zinc, copper, gold, silver, lead and nickel explorer $6m Jan 21
ASX Orexplore Tech (OXT) Mining technology provider including drill core scans $2.5m Jan 21
ASX WA1 Resources (WA1) Gold and copper explorer $6m Jan 21
ASX Far East Gold (FEG) Copper and gold explorer in Indonesia & Australia $12m TBA
US Yoshitsu (TKLF) Japanese beauty and health products retailer, wholesaler US$24m Jan 18
US Verdant Earth Tech (VDNT) Australian renewable fuel repurposer for power plants US$50m Jan 18
US Rhodium Enterprises (RHDM) Fully-integrated bitcoin miner US$100m   Jan 20
US Four Springs Capital Trust (FSPR) Real estate trust with exposure across 32 US states  US$252m     Jan 20
US Samsara Vision (SMSA) Medical-implant maker for retinal diseases US$25m Jan 21
US Modular Medical (MODD) Wearable insulin pump developer US$30m TBC

*All dates are subject to change and should be treated as an indicative guide only


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