The IPO Buzz: Instacart (CART) Prices IPO at $30 – High End

Instacart (CART ) priced its IPO at $30.00 – the high end of its recently raised price range of $28.00 to $30.00 – on Monday night (Sept. 18, 2023). The online grocery delivery pioneer sold 22.0 million shares – the same number of shares in the prospectus – at $30.00 each to raise $660.0 million in the IPO. The stock is set to start trading Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2023) on the NASDAQ. (Editor’s Note: This column, published Monday night, was updated Tuesday morning with the NASDAQ debut of micro-cap IPO Davis Commodities Ltd.)

Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan led the joint book-runners’ team, which included BofA Securities, Barclays, Citigroup, JMP Securities, LionTree, Oppenheimer & Co., Piper Sandler, SoFi and Stifel.

The high-end pricing gives Instacart a valuation or a market cap of about $8.29 billion.

Instacart had been on IPO investors’ “watch list” for at least two years. The San Francisco-based tech unicorn’s IPO attracted a tremendous amount of interest, especially in the wake of Arm Holdings Ltd.’s(ARM) successful IPO last week.

Early Friday (Sept. 15, 2023), Instacart woke up Wall Street with the news that it had raised its IPO price range to $28.00 to $30.00 – up from $26.00 to $28.00 initially – and kept the number of shares at 22.0 million. (Source: S-1/A filing)

Cornerstone investors, including principal stockholder Sequoia Capital, had indicated interest in buying up to $400 million of stock in the  IPO,  according to the prospectus. The cornerstone investors’ potential orders amounted to about 63 percent of the IPO.

For IPO investors, Instacart’s appeal was simple.

“It makes money,” a seasoned IPO trader says.

Instacart earned net income of $596 million on revenue of $2.9 billion for the 12 months that ended June 30, 2023.

Davis Commodities (DTCK) Prices Micro-Cap IPO at $4.00 – Low End

On the micro-cap side of the IPO Calendar, Davis Commodities Ltd. (DTCK) priced its tiny IPO of 1.1 million shares at $4.00, the low end of its price range. to raise $4.4 million. The stock opened higher in it NASDAQ debut at 10:54 a.m. EDT today (Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023) – rising to $5.50, up $1.50 or 37.5 percent, on volume of about 268,000 shares, NASDAQ records showed. Univest Securities was the sole book-runner.

The stock in the IPO was offered by the Cayman Islands-incorporated holding company for Davis Commodities Ltd. The underlying business is a profitable Singapore-based agricultural trading company that specializes in sugar, rice and oil and fat products. Davis Commodities serves clients in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Its services include warehouse handling, storage and logistics.

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