Want to Invest in Beyond Meat? Here’s What You Need to Know

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As soon as I went vegan, it became really clear that veganism is growing fast, and Beyond Meat is crushing it.

They are dominating a rapidly expanding niche, and it’s going to be years until any competitor can compete with their quality or scale.

If I could invest in Beyond Meat today I would, and I’m sure you would too.

But here’s the bad news…

Beyond Meat is still a private company, meaning you can’t invest in them right now.

Sadly, there aren’t many vegan companies to invest in right now.

However, they have started to prepare to go public.

As of mid-October, 2018, Beyond Meat has hired J.P Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse to lead their initial public offering (IPO). On November 16th, they officially filed for a U.S. IPO.

Update: As of the first week of December (the 3rd to 7th), Beyond Meat is eligible to launch their IPO, using the symbol “BYND”. This means they could launch this week, but it appears they’ll hold off for quite a while.

Update #2 (Apr. 22, 2019): Beyond has announced that their IPO will be priced somewhere between $19-21 per share, with 8.75 million shares being offered. Their goal is to raise $183 million, but it could raise up to around $210 million if demand is high enough.

Update #3: The IPO happened on May 2nd, 2019.

If you’re not sure what an IPO is, or what that means for you, let me go over a few basics here.

First, What is an IPO and how do you invest in one?

An IPO is the first chance the public has to buy stocks of a formerly private company.

Private companies use IPOs to raise money to raise money to either expand or let early investors cash out.

During the IPO, not everyone can buy stocks. You’re not going to be able to open an investment account with $1,000 and buy shares. Typically you need to:

  • Have a large account.
  • Have a broker who received an allocation of IPO shares.
  • Be a frequent trader.

Needless to say, if you’re reading this now, you probably don’t meet those conditions. I sure don’t. (If you do meet them, your investing account should have an “IPOs” section, which allows you to buy IPO shares just like any other stock.)

So are we just out of luck? Not completely.

You and I won’t be able to invest in the IPO. But after the IPO is complete, the stock will be listed on the market (usually 7-10 days after) where it can be purchased like any other stock.

Be warned, stock prices after IPOs can be kind of crazy. They can rapidly go up or down depending on the hype surrounding the IPO, and there’s sure to be a lot for Beyond Meat.

It’s up to you if you want to invest as soon as it hits the market, or wait 4-5 months for it to settle down. I’m far from an investing expert, so I can’t tell you anything more than that.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

6 comments

  • Hi Dale, Very interesting article ! So, with which trader will it be possible to invest inthe IPO? One of the banks ( JP Morgan, Crédit Suisse , Goldmann Sachs ) ? Thank you! #govegan..-:)

    • I think any major bank should be find, but I’m not really sure. The IPO could be happening soon, so keep a close eye on the news if you’re interested.

  • Hi Dale! Thanks for the read. It is nice to see that fellow vegans are also paying attention to the vegan investment world : )

    I have been searching the internet for updates on the IPO but almost all the news around it are from 2018.
    I would definitely like to invest in Beyond Meat but like you said, the stock prices after the initial IPO make this quite risky. I am also curious to find out what would be the price of a single stock.

    Thanks again for the read!

    • Hey Aleks, glad you found it useful.

      I’ve been monitoring Beyond Meat’s IPO very carefully, and like you said, there’s just nothing recent after them announcing the plan to launch.

      • I’ve set a Google search result notification for “BYND”, but it seems to only send me strange acronyms for youth programs and such. If you find an effective way to monitor this news, please let me know.