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2015 IPOs To Watch


An Overview of The 2015 IPOs To Watch

2015 IPOThere are a number of 2015 IPOs to watch over the course of 2015.   While 2015 may not have a blockbuster Initial Public Offering (IPO), there are quite a few brand name companies that are set to undergo IPOs during 2015 and warrant keeping an eye on. One thing that is different about the 2015 IPOs compared to recent years is that while there will be quite a few technology company IPOs, many of the better known IPOs will actually be in the retail sector.

2014 was a banner year for IPOs with IPOs on Wall Street reaching their highest level since the Internet dot-com bubble year of 2000.   This is not to say that the number of IPOs indicate that we are reaching bubble levels in the stock market. Unlike 2000, few recent IPOs have raced higher on their IPO day. Also unlike the dot-com era, most companies going public now have actual revenues and sound business plans. There also is a lack of euphoria in the IPO market. Outside of huge IPOs, such as Alibaba’s (NYSE: BABA) record breaking $22 billion 2014 IPO, the IPO market has been lacking in investor over-confidence, which is a good thing, since investors bidding IPOs to astronomical levels is a sign of a top in the IPO market.

The 2015 IPOs To Watch

Party CityThe IPO landscape in 2015 has plenty of technology companies, some of which are not so well known to the average investor. However, it also has a number of retail companies that are well known for their presence in certain sectors of the retail world.

Here is a look at some of the 2015 IPOs that will likely garner the most attention from IPO investors and are worth keeping an eye on.

  • Shake Shack, which is actually a hamburger chain, is planning an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange using the symbol SHAK.
  • Party City is considering a 2015 that comes at a time when there is a lot of interest in retailers that sell party and craft items.
  • Etsy is an online retailer of crafts that are made by ordinary people and sold through the Etsy online marketplace. While an Etsy IPO will not be a huge Internet IPO in 2015, it could be one of the more interesting ones.
  • Uber Inc, the alternative taxi service that runs online, is likely to be the most exciting Internet IPOs of 2015. Wall Street is excited about the Uber IPO because the company operates in a market that is unique and does not already contain a publicly traded company.   There are reasons to be excited about the Uber IPO. Uber posted approximately $213 million in revenue during 2013. Uber claims that their revenue growth is very strong and is doubling every six months. Uber’s high growth rate and connection to the Internet will garner a lot of investor interest in its IPO. The company is valued at $40 billion based on private offerings that have been completed prior to 2015.
  • Spotify is another Internet IPO that will garner investor attention during 2015.   Although Spotify operates in a crowded space, it has become the leader in music streaming, with 12.5 million paying subscribers throughout the world in late 2014, which is more than double the number of paying subscribers the company had in 2013. The company also boasts an impressive 50 million non-paying subscribers that have the potential to become revenue generators in the future.   Spotify had approximately $577 million in revenue as of 2012, which is the latest year in which revenue information is available.
  • Inovalon Holdings Inc. is a not so well known IPO on tap for 2015 that is in a very hot sector of the stock market. The company provides data and analytical services to the healthcare industry. The company is heavily involved in health-related research studies. Their data and analytical services are used by many in the healthcare industry to assess their effectiveness as providers of healthcare. Unlike many Internet IPOs, the company is profitable, with $51.9 million in income reported through the first nine months of 2014, which is nearly double what the company reported as income during the same period of 2013.
  • Pinterest is a popular Internet based social media company that has yet to go public.   Given that the company is in the hot social media sector of the Internet, its IPO is likely to be greeted with some enthusiasm from IPO investors. Based on private placements, Pinterest has a valuation of $5 billion.

Snapchat

  • Snapchat, the Internet based social media company that is popular with teenagers, has turned down $3 to $4 billion dollar offers from social media titans Facebook and Google. With a valuation based on private placements of $10 billion, Snapchat’s rejection of those offers appears to be a good move. Snapchat is ready to unleash its value during 2015 via an IPO.   This one may be one of the hotter Internet IPOs of 2015.
  • GoDaddy Inc. has moved beyond just being a web hosting company and now sells e-business services and software as well. The company boasts more than 12.2 million customers. Despite the company’s ongoing losses, a GoDaddy IPO is expected during 2015.
  • Xiaomi Inc. is one of the most interesting IPOs that is expected in 2015. Although not well known, Xiaomi is the third biggest manufacturer of smartphones in the world. The two companies ahead of them are Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Samsung (OTC Pink:   SSNLF). Being a Chinese manufacture, Xiaomi is well positioned to capture sales in the fast growing smartphone market in China.
  • Dopbox is one of the most exciting 2015 IPOs to watch in since the company is one of the leaders in the fast growing cloud-based storage Internet sector. Dropbox’s IPO should garner a great deal of interest from Wall Street.

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IPOs to Watch in 2013


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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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