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May 14

Another company cancels its IPO

Posted by Stephen Taub in Renaissance CapitalIPODeals

Stephen Taub

The jittery IPO market claimed its second casualty of the week.

Telecom reseller Wave2Wave Communications Thursday postponed its initial public offering, citing poor market conditions, according to Greenwich, Ct.-based Renaissance Capital.

May 13

IPOs alive, but not as well

Posted by Stephen Taub in Renaissance CapitalIPODeals

Stephen Taub

For IPOs, it is a good news bad news kind of day.

Yes, at least three companies priced their deals since last evening, which is good news given the stock market's enormous volatility of late. It would not have been surprising to see this week's seven anticipated deals put on hold until things calmed down some more.

Apr 30

Europe’s IPOs struggle

Posted by nicklord in UralchemT-Solar, KTK, IPOEssar


Corporates across Europe were left red faced this week with a string of disappointing IPO results: red faced with anger at their bankers and with embarrassment towards their investors. A number of deals were outright pulled from the market while others had to lower their price to finish the sales.

On Thursday, Russian fertilizer company Uralchem abruptly pulled its deal hours before it was due to price. This was followed by Spanish solar company T-Solar, which also pulled its offering. Essar Energy in London was forced to reduce its price to 420p a share from the targeted range of 450p-550p. Russian coal mining company KTK similarly cut its range from $7.70-$10.40 to $6.50- $7.50.

Mar 26

Securities class action settlements surged in 2009, down from high

Posted by Stephen Taub in WorldcomsettlementlawsuitsIPOEnron

Stephen Taub

The number and value of securities class action settlements rose last year. However, the figures are still way down from what they were several years ago.

According to Cornerstone Research, which keeps score and cosponsors the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, in 2009 there were 103 court-approved securities class action settlements, up slightly from 97 in 2008. However, the settlements in 2009 involved $3.8 bil­lion in total settlement funds, up 35 percent from the prior year.

Feb 17

QuinStreet’s IPO faces extreme scrutiny

Posted by MQuinn in RiskQuinStreetIPOinvestorsgoing publicFrank QuattroneDeals


If you've ever dreamed of going public, be sure to read this Bloomberg article from Wednesday on QuinStreet's IPO last week.

No, it won't teach you any lessons about how the internet marketer squeezed through a closing IPO window.

What it will teach you is that once you're public, you're not just under the microscope when you report earnings. You're always under the microscope.

Feb 11

Companies struggling to squeeze through IPO window

Posted by mcole in IPODeals


It's astonishing how quickly the window for companies to go public can open and close.

Less than two weeks ago, CFOZone reported that IPO activity hit a two-year high in the fourth quarter of 2009.

But then just last week, Stephen Taub wrote about an increase in delays and postponements for scheduled offerings. This week has been no better.

Feb 04

Trouble in the IPO world.

Posted by Stephen Taub in IPOfinancingDealsChina

Stephen Taub

When the going gets rough, the IPO market dries up.

The new issue market looked like it was going to revive this year 10 months into the stock market rally. However, the recent volatility and market selloff has spooked issuers of new shares.

Jan 19

PE firms drive IPO revival

Posted by Stephen Taub in private equity, IPODeals

Stephen Taub

Private equity firms may be having trouble raising money. But, they are actively looking to partially cash out on previous deals.

PitchBook counts 49 private equity-backed companies are currently in registration to do an initial public offering. They are looking to raise a combined $11.7 billion.

Nov 13

New life in high-tech M&A; and IPOs?

Posted by annearf in venture capital, M&A;, IPO


Are we seeing the beginning of a real upturn in M&A and IPO activity in the world of Silicon Valley-backed high-tech companies?

Over the past six months or so, there's been a definite rise in the number of initial public offerings on the Nasdaq. According to the New York Times , 27 companies have gone public on the Nasdaq this year, most of them in the second half. Also, most of the 82 IPO applications in the works were made in the past three months.

Oct 02

In unloading NBC stake, GE could cut debt, conglomerate label

Posted by MQuinn in IPOGeneral ElectricdebtDeals


General Electric sure is taking this whole recession seriously.

We've had news that it is experimenting with a new management structure in India. And now GE has finally come out and said it's looking to cut its interests in NBC Universal after years of insisting it wouldn't.

It's unclear exactly how an NBCU deal would go down, but it sounds like something is going to happen. GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt told reporters on Friday that there are ongoing discussions about an IPO or another partnership, according to Reuters. GE currently owns 80 percent of NBCU and Vivendi owns the remaining 20 percent.

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