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IPOs to Watch in 2013 | How Things Are Shaping Up

IPOs to watch 2013With 2013 moving into the home stretch, it has already been quite a year for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in 2013.  While some of the high profile IPOs that Wall Street has been anticipating may be pushed off until 2014, there are still plenty of IPOs to watch in 2013 and plenty of 2013 IPOs that are worth considering for investment in the post-IPO market.  The hot 2013 IPO outlook is being driven by the improving economy, the Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups (JOBS) Act, and the wave of second generation Internet companies that have matured to the point that they are ready to undergo IPOs to raise additional capital and unlock value for early investors and company insiders.

IPOs to Watch in 2013 | Upcoming IPOs

Upcoming IPOsThe following are some of the top potential IPOs to watch in 2013 that could occur during the remainder of 2013:

Square – Square is a major player in the rapidly growing online payment processing and electronic payments industries.  Square’s payment processing reader can be attached to just about any mobile device, including smart phones, which allows merchants of all sizes to accept credit card payments.  Square processes well over $6 billion per year in credit card payments and reaps hundreds of dollars in fees per year from the payments processed through their financial network.  While Square is not the only company in the online payment processing and electronic payments business, they are one of the leaders in these fast growing business segments, and is sure to be a hot IPO.

Eventbrite – Eventbrite is in the ticket processing and event planning business segment. The company sells over 100 million tickets annually and generates revenues greater $1.5 billion.  With revenue growing north of 40% over the past few years, many on Wall Street are anticipating the Eventbrite IPO.  Unlike other companies that Wall Street IPO watchers are keeping their eyes on, Eventbrite has been very direct about their intentions to go public as soon as possible via an IPO.

Dropbox – Dropbox is one of the leading players in cloud based online file storage and file sharing, which are both fast growing business segments, as Internet users’ need for file storage and sharing increases.  The company is experiencing rapid growth in users, including a number of Fortune 500 clients.  Dropbox’s online file storage and file sharing services are provided in a tiered price structure, from free but limited services to extensive services that require a monthly fee.  Many of the company’s users are currently using the free service, and therefore the company has great potential to increase revenue in the future.

Gilt Groupe – Gilt Groupe is a leader in the popular Internet phenomenon known as “flash sales”, which involves advertising sales quickly and at deep discounts.  The sales are conducted through the company’s Internet portal.  The company has grown quickly in recent years, and hopes to use the proceeds from the IPO to expand into other segments of the flash sales market.

LivingSocial – With the largest “daily deals” portal on the Internet, Groupon, rebounding during 2013, there has been speculation that LivingSocial, the second largest “daily deals” portal, will follow Groupon into the public stock arena via an IPO.  The LivingSocial IPO may be driven by the necessity to raise capital, as the company may not have sufficient capital before it becomes profitable.

IPOs to Watch in 2013  | Hot Stocks In The Post-IPO Market

Post IPO StocksThe following are some of the top IPOs that have occurred in 2013.  These post-IPO stocks may be worthy of consideration for trading or long term investment, after proper due diligence is performed.  Keep in mind that the end of an IPO’s “quiet period” often causes a spike in the price of a post-IPO stock, as stock analysts make “buy recommendations” and post-IPO companies are free to make forward looking statements.  Another important date to keep under consideration when assessing a post-IPO stock is the “end of lockup period” date.  This is the date at which company insiders and other large early investors can sell their post-IPO shares into the publicly traded stock market.  While not always the case, the end of lockup period is often followed by a selloff in a post-IPO stock, as additional shares enter the market and put downward pressure on the stock’s price.

  • RetailMeNot, Inc. (NASDAQ:  SALE) – RetailMeNot, Inc. is the leading digital coupon Internet portal.  The company underwent an IPO in July 2013.  Since digital coupons are such a strong and growing business, and there are so many consumers looking to save money using coupons, the growth potential for the post-IPO shares of SALE is great.
  • Marketo (NASDAQ:  MKTO) – Marketo, Inc. provides cloud-based marketing software platform that enables organizations to engage in modern relationship marketing in the United States. Its software platform enables the execution, management, and analytical measurement of online, social, and offline marketing activities and customer interactions. The company has recently reported soaring revenues but increasing losses, which make it a risky investment, but a possible buyout candidate.
  • Stemline Therapeutics (NASDAQ:  STML) – Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that researches, acquires, develops, and commercializes proprietary therapeutics that target cancer stem cells (CSCs) and tumors.  STML’s stock price has been on a tear since June 2013, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved orphan drug designation for the company’s drug called SL-401, which is designed to treat a rare blood disease called blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm.
  • ExOne (NASDAQ:  XONE) – The ExOne Company develops, manufactures, and sells three-dimensional printing machines and printing products.  Three-dimensional printing is a new type of manufacturing in which products are made on-site in a similar manner in which images are printed on paper.  The company has seen revenues soar, as Fortune 500 hundred companies such as Ford Motor Company and Boeing Aviation have become customers.

There are many IPOs to watch in 2013.  The key to successful IPO trading and investing is to identify the IPOs that appear undervalued on their IPO date or in the post-IPO market.

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