Can Planet Fitness Put Up a Run for Your Money? (PLNT)

Sep 3, 2015, 11:17 am EDT
Can Planet Fitness Put Up a Run for Your Money? (PLNT)

Timing is everything for an initial public offering, which gym operator Planet Fitness (PLNT) learned the hard way.

When the company launched its IPO in early August, it was on the heels of the markets move into a brutal correction. So on the debut of the deal, PLNT stock posted a return of zero and quickly fell from $16 to $13.65.

But as the market turned, so did Planet Fitness. As of now, PLNT stock is trading at about $18.70. Read 

Should You Buy Fitbit Stock? 3 Pros, 3 Cons (FIT)

Sep 1, 2015, 2:36 pm EDT
Should You Buy Fitbit Stock? 3 Pros, 3 Cons (FIT)

Fitbit (FIT), the maker of a highly popular line of fitness trackers, got off to a roaring start with its IPO back in mid-June. The stock soared by 48% on its first day of trading after the company boosted the number of shares issued and the price range.

But since then, things have cooled down as the equities markets have gotten much more volatile. Fitbit stock is off about 35% from its high.

Despite this, the company continues to grow at a torrid pace. In the latest quarter, revenues spiked by 253% to $400 million and the adjusted EBITDA came to $86.2 million. For the period, FIT sold about 4.5 million devices, up from 1.72 million in the same period a year ago. Read 

Battered IPOs: 3 Rebound Stocks to Buy

Aug 21, 2015, 12:47 pm EDT
Battered IPOs: 3 Rebound Stocks to Buy

The IPO market has been pretty mixed lately. While some offerings have soared — like Shake Shack (SHAK), Fitbit (FIT) and Shopify (SHOP) — many more have flopped. Then again, the overall market has seen an uptick in volatility.

Meanwhile, notable earnings disappointments — such as Etsy (ETSY) — have jarred the confidence of Wall Street. And with the S&P 500 down more than 4% since Monday, even some of the sturdiest stocks have been getting battered — to say nothing of fragile new stocks.

Yet, underneath all this mayhem, perhaps there are some interesting stocks to buy? Well, I think so. As I have always preached at the IPO Playbook, patience pays off for investors. Read 

Will the Petco IPO Resonate With Millennials?

Aug 18, 2015, 2:28 pm EDT
Will the Petco IPO Resonate With Millennials?

Petco is no stranger to dealmaking, having gone private twice since 2000, but does that guarantee a smooth initial public offering for the animal supplies retailer?

Yeah, probably. Petco is, after all, a dominant player in an industry that continues to see growth.

Founded in 1965 as a mail order operation, Petco has gone on to build a massive footprint of 1,409 locations across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Mexico (through a joint venture). Read 

Another Reason to Avoid the Uber IPO

Aug 17, 2015, 10:01 am EDT

Last week, I told you that trying to get in on the IPO of Uber Technologies was a terrible idea, due to Uber’s valuation. Now, however, I’ve come across several other reasons you want nothing to do with this stock when it goes public.

The thing about Uber is that its strategy is to just enter markets and utterly scoff at regulations. The company just powers on through until it is challenged or gets thrown out of the market.

The problem is that, while the strategy has worked for the company so far, it isn’t a recipe for success for investors. Why should you take on all this risk? And yes, regulatory risk is substantial. Here’s how it lays out, along with other major problems for the Uber IPO. Read 

Neiman Marcus IPO: Retailer Plans to Go Public Again

Aug 5, 2015, 1:27 pm EDT

Neiman Marcus, a 100-year-old luxury retailer, is planning its second IPO in two years. Source: Flickr

Neiman Marcus filed its IPO with U.S. authorities on Tuesday. It’s looking to raise $100 million in funding for its IPO and wants to trade its common stock under the “NMG” ticker, reports Reuters.

Neiman Marcus is likely hoping to cash in on the expected growth in the luxury market in the next few years with its IPO. The company first considered an IPO in July of 2013, but plans ultimately changed. It operates 41 stores using its name in the U.S. and also runs a store in NYC and the Last Call chain. John Lennon and Yoko Ono are among the list of celebrities that have shopped at the company’s stores, Reuters notes. Read 

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