Strong response to the APS Bank IPO
The MSE Equity Price Index rallied by 1.7% to a near 1-month high of 3,781.616 points as the gains of MIA and Farsons outweighed the decline in BOV. Meanwhile, Malta Properties Company plc held on to the €0.52 level on a single deal of 1,500 shares. Overall trading activity in equities was subdued as only €0.03 million worth of shares changed hands. Download today’s Equity Market Summary.
Following the strong response received, today APS Bank plc closed the IPO subscription period. During a video statement, APS Bank CEO Mr Marcel Cassar noted that APS managed to raise over €80 million in new equity, which funds are intended to support the Bank’s growth objectives. Details about the allocation policy will be communicated to the market in due course.
Simonds Farsons Cisk plc extended its recent positive run as it advanced by a further 6% to the €8.85 level across three deals totalling 3,020 shares.
Malta International Airport plc gained 0.8% to recapture the €6.00 level albeit on trivial volumes.
Meanwhile, Bank of Valletta plc eased by 0.6% to the €0.885 level on a single deal of 6,800 shares.
Today, LifeStar Holding plc announced that it will be seeking to dispose of just under 5.9 million of its own shares. LifeStar Holding noted that it will keep the market updated of all relevant developments in due course.
The RF MGS Index trended lower for the sixth consecutive day as it dropped by a further 0.28% to 966.756 points – the lowest level since June 2009. On the economic front, fresh data related to employment in the US exceeded expectations and continued to show the strong underlying dynamics of the US labour market. Moreover, the US unemployment rate stayed at the 3.6% level – the lowest since the onset of the pandemic.
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