The IPO Buzz: Don’t Believe Everything You Read

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
The financial media reported that no venture capital-backed IPOs were priced during 2008’s second quarter. One published story even read, “For the first time since 1978, there were no venture-backed Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in the second quarter of 2008, according to the Exit Poll report by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters.” Wrong! Don’t believe everything you read. Verso Paper (NYSE: VRS) got priced.
July 6, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Three Before the 4th

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
As 2008’s first six-month period comes to a chilling close, investors will be watching to see if the stock market slips into bear market territory. You’d think that and the July 4th holiday break would scare bankers. Not at all — they plan to price three IPOs to start the year’s second half.
June 29, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Testing The Waters

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Two special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, surfaced on the IPO calendar late last week. One is scheduled for this week, the other for next. Both are targeting the maritime transportation industry.
June 22, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Gemini Time

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Two is a special number in the month of June, whose zodiac symbol is Gemini, the famous twins of mythology. Just two IPOs are expected to be priced this week – the only deals on tap for June. One is a marine transportation provider. The other is a made-for-television movie producer. Neither is expected to soar into the IPO Hall of Fame with an opening-day moonshot.
June 15, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: A Summer Legend

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
You’re going to hear a lot about the summer doldrums starting early this year, with the IPO ship just about stalled. Nothing was priced last week, which happened to be the first week of June. There’s just one deal on this week’s calendar. And there are only two in the third week of June. But don’t believe everything you hear –- or read. The irony is this: There is no such thing as a “summer doldrums” period for the IPO market. It’s a myth.
June 8, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Quiet Signs

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Just because the IPO market is in the doldrums with only a handful of deals getting out the door in May, this could be the quiet before the storm. The pipeline is loaded with well over a dozen “hot issues” that are on everybody’s “most wanted” list.
May 31, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Oceans Aweigh

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
The Sino-Global Shipping America (NASDAQ: SINO) IPO popped for an opening-day gain of 80.4 percent when it started trading last week, and closed Friday with a jump of 135.6 percent from its initial offering price. The deal was not on anybody’s new-issues calendar. There was a reason. It was a “best efforts” offering.
May 25, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Back from the Dead

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Should you pass by the IPO Cemetery this week, you might notice some things rustling among the tombstones in the midnight mist. It’s the SPACs, or “blank check” companies, which many had written off, buried and left for dead. A couple have started coming to life and are surfacing on the IPO calendar.
May 17, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: Cover Your Fannie

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
While Washington has been working overtime to bail out Wall Street from its binge on mortgage debt, some people in the IPO market have come up with a novel way to play “cover your Fannie.” In this case, a new real estate investment trust, or REIT, plans to go public this week and use the proceeds to invest in mortgage securities backed by Fannie Mae, the largest U.S. buyer of home loans, or its slightly smaller rival, Freddie Mac, or their lower profile “cousin,” Ginnie Mae.
May 11, 2008 Read More

The IPO Buzz: A Pair of Firsts

By: John E. Fitzgibbon, Jr.
Watching the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing window can be interesting. Since late March, 19 companies have filed plans to go public, five have priced their IPOs and five have withdrawn their deals. Those numbers signal a positive climate. And during that time, Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) has come up with a pair of firsts for itself.
May 4, 2008 Read More
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