14 Hot Upcoming IPOs to Watch For in 2022

The most exciting initial public offerings (IPOs) expected to launch in 2022 include a popular piano maker, a self-driving-car tech firm and a controversial news aggregation site.

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The initial public offering (IPO) market has come to a virtual standstill after a boffo 2021. But we might finally start to see some of the most anticipated upcoming IPOs of 2022 hit the market.

Last year, offerings bounced back to levels not seen since the dot-com boom; more than a thousand companies went public, raising roughly $316 billion in the process, according to financial markets platform Dealogic. That included massive deals for the likes of Bumble (BMBL (opens in new tab)), Roblox (RBLX (opens in new tab)) and Rivian Automotive (RIVN (opens in new tab)).

But the market drastically changed in the final months of 2021 and into January 2022 – especially for high-growth stocks. Spiking inflation, the omicron COVID variant and expectations for a hawkish Federal Reserve all weighed on sentiment. And what weighs on the market often also weighs on the appetite for IPO investors.

A number of big-name companies that had planned offerings in late 2021 decided to remain on the bench. And they've largely remained on that bench. IPO-focused investment adviser Renaissance Capital says just 26 IPOs have priced in 2022, down 80% from this point last year.

"[Downturns can cause] potential delays for IPOs," says Kelly Rodriques, CEO of global private securities marketplace Forge. "But companies can stay private and raise more money from institutional investors. They can wait until valuations improve."

Still, those appetites can return awfully quickly.

"Unless the markets completely fall apart, IPOs will happen this year," says Kevin Spain, general partner at enterprise software-focused venture capital firm Emergence Capital. "But it will be higher-quality companies, with strong brands and high growth rates."

Indeed, we're starting to see a few more companies testing the waters, making now the best time to explore the most anticipated upcoming IPOs for 2022. Our list of 14 is a smaller number than we typically expect at this time of year because of recent market weakness – but many of them are large, established names that should generate plenty of excitement on Wall Street and Main Street alike.

Data is as of May 9. Where possible, we have provided reported expectations for timelines and/or valuations.

Tom Taulli
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Tom Taulli is the author of High-Profit IPO Strategies, All About Commodities and All About Short Selling. He is also the founder of several high-tech companies, such as Web IPO (one of the pioneers of digital public offerings). He can be reached on Twitter at @ttaulli.