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The IPO Buzz: Hottest IPO Week of the Year
 
The IPO market normally closes down by mid-December so this week’s calendar wraps up 2011 with a blaze of lightning and a clap of thunder to produce the busiest week of the year. 
 
The Lightning
Jive Software is a social networking software provider. Its IPO has already given off an early warning signal that it could be a “hot issue.”
 
Here’s all you need to know: Late last week, the deal was accelerated to be priced Monday evening for Tuesday’s trading. It was moved up from Tuesday evening for Wednesday’s trading.
 
It has been longer than anybody can remember when an IPO’s pricing was accelerated. True, it has happened in years past, and when it did, you could expect a mouth-watering opening-day pop. Of course, this is no guarantee it will happen with Jive, but you never know.
 
Bankers plan to offer 11.7 million shares at $8 to $10 each to raise about $105 million. The company plans to offer 8.33 million shares and selling shareholders plan to offer 3.37 million shares. The IPO is expected to trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the proposed symbol “JIVE.” Joint-lead managers are Morgan Stanley and Goldman, Sachs.
 
A Week to Remember
Bankers plan to offer 11 IPOs to raise $3.5 billion. Should everything get out the door, it would be the busiest week since Nov. 12, 2007, when 13 IPOs were priced that raised $4.3 billion, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
 
Clamoring for Michael Kors
Michael Kors Holdings is the owner of the New York fashion designer’s 30-year-old label whose name is reportedly on many investors’ “most wanted” list. The designer, who is a judge on “Project Runway,” the hit TV show, started his fashion career in Manhattan in the late 1970s when he was a skinny teenager with a crown of blond curls. He celebrated 30 years in business under his own label this year on the runways of New York and Paris.
 
Here’s all you need to know: Follow a crowd of teenage girls and young adult women into any department store and watch them flock to the Michael Kors handbags, watches and jewelry counters. Chances are their mothers aren’t too far behind. A fashion expert said the company is “white hot.”
 
Bankers plan to offer 41.7 million shares at $17 to $19 each to raise about $751 million. Selling shareholders plan to offer all 41.7 million shares
 
The IPO is expected to be priced on Wednesday evening, Dec. 14, and to trade on Thursday morning on the New York Stock Exchange under the proposed symbol “KORS.” Joint-lead managers are Morgan Stanley and Goldman, Sachs.
 
The Thunder
Zynga, the social game developer, is the last IPO on tap for 2011.
 
Here’s all you need to know: The deal has been one of the most widely covered IPOs of late. Everywhere you look in the financial press, all you see is Zynga this, Zynga that and more Zynga.
 
Bankers plan to offer 100 million shares of Class A Common Stock at $8.50 to $10 each to raise about $925 million.
 
The IPO is expected to trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the proposed symbol “ZNGA.” Joint-lead managers are Morgan Stanley and Goldman, Sachs.
 
And then, it’s “home for the holidays,” or wherever bankers go with their underwriting fees. (Maybe to Bali or Bermuda with just a Speedo and a toothbrush, instead of to Grandmother’s house they will go … )
 
 
Stay tuned.
 
 
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