The first week of a company being on the ASX boards can be very telling. The market doesn’t get any new information until the next quarterly or half-year result, so we can get a sense of the market sentiment from how the share does in its first week.
Of course, how the market treats a share doesn’t ultimately mean anything. But, it can be interesting nonetheless.
Here are how the latest ASX shares fared:
Kleos Space S.A (ASX: KSS)
Kleos is looking to launch low Earth orbit satellites in 2019 that will locate radio transmissions from devices such as VHF walkie talkies. It says that its data-as-a-service information is for users in the defence and security ISR market. It will capture data currently ‘hidden’ from detection.
It was looking to start trading on Monday last week, but it appears not to have made it onto the ASX boards. The new listing date is yet to be announced.
Primero Group Limited (ASX: PGX)
Primero is an engineering contracting company that aims to provide enhanced performance throughout the total project lifecycle for the minerals, energy and infrastructure sectors.
Primero raised money at $0.40 per share and it’s trading at $0.425, which means it has made a quick gain of 6.25%. It’s early days but it’s good to see that investors are backing Primero’s future.
Viva Energy Group Limited (ASX: VEA)
This was the big one.
Viva Energy Group owns 38% of Viva Energy REIT Ltd (ASX: VVR), a REIT that owns service station properties and leases them to Viva Energy. It also owns 50% of Liberty Oil, an independent fuel retailer and wholesale distributor with a strong regional presence.
It supplies fuel (and lubricants) to over 1,100 sites, most of which are Shell-branded and operated by Wesfamers Ltd (ASX: WES). It supplies other operators and wholesalers.
Viva Energy also supplies fuel, lubricants and speciality products to commercial customers in aviation, marine, transport, resources and construction & manufacturing industries.
It also owns the Geelong Refinery in Victoria which converts crude oil into petroleum products.
The business raised money at $2.65 per share and it’s now trading at $2.47. This isn’t too much of a surprise considering the oil price has also dropped since it listed.
Although Viva is the biggest of the three businesses, I don’t think it’s the best long-term option with the future of the petrol car in question. I wouldn’t personally invest in Primero because it’s not my favourite industry, however at this point in the resource cycle it could be a decent pick over the next year or so.
I’d much rather invest in one of these top shares for my portfolio over Viva for market-beating returns.
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