Noodles & Company IPO Draws Oodles of Interest

Jun 28, 2013, 5:12 pm EST
Noodles & Company IPO Draws Oodles of Interest

Fast-casual restaurant chain Noodles & Company (NDLS) apparently just left a lot of money on the table.

Following last night’s pricing at $18 per share, which was above its $15 to $17 range, NDLS shot up another 104% in Friday trading. Still, the deal — whose lead underwriters included Morgan Stanley (MS) and UBS Investment Bank (UBS) — raised about $96.4 million.

Noodles’ motto is “A World of Flavors Under One Roof,” a nod to its cuisine that spans 25 different Asian, Mediterranean and American foods. Read 

Tremor Video IPO Trembles

Jun 28, 2013, 1:38 pm EST
Tremor Video IPO Trembles

This week was rocky for IPOs anyway — as seen with the slashing of the pricing terms of deals like CDW (CDW) and HD Supply (HDS) — but Tremor Video’s (TRMR) offering has suffered the most damage.

TRMR fell 15% on its debut and another 6% in today’s trading. This after the deal was priced at $10, below its expected $11 to $13 range.

To me, this looks like a very bad sign for the online video space. Read 

Coastal Homebuilder Gears Up For an IPO

Jun 26, 2013, 5:38 pm EST
Coastal Homebuilder Gears Up For an IPO

California-based homebuilder City Ventures has filed for an IPO. The company plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol “CTYV” and the lead underwriters include Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The pricing terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009, City is a unique player in the homebuilding sector. The company essentially repositions underutilized real estate into residential housing — in coastal urban infill areas. The strategy is actually not easy to pull off as it requires working closely with local housing and governmental agencies to get the entitlements.

Yet City has the advantage of a strong management team. The CEO Mark Buckland and Chairman Craig Atkins have an average of 25 years with repositioning land. They also were smart to get the financial backing of private equity operators Imperial Capital Group and Ares Management. Read 

EP Energy Staging a Quick Return to the Public

Jun 25, 2013, 1:29 pm EST

Oil & gas firm EP Energy reportedly is preparing to go public after less than two years as a privately held company.

A closer look suggests the process is still in the early stages, and a deal might not happen until the fall. Interestingly enough, it was only back in February 2012 that Apollo Global Management (APO) led a buyout of the company for a cool $7.15 billion. EP was a part of El Paso Corporation, which was itself purchased by Kinder Morgan (KMI) for $21.1 billion; the firm only wanted to retain the pipeline assets.

All in all, EP holds a diverse set of producing assets with a focus on oil, including areas like the Eagle Ford Shale, Wolfcamp Shale and Altamont Field. There are some natural gas and coal properties as well, but the company is in the process of selling them off. Read 

Ben Bernanke Has Muted the IPO Market

Jun 25, 2013, 1:09 pm EST
Ben Bernanke Has Muted the IPO Market

For most of 2013, the story on the initial public offering front has been just how darn good things have been. Deals have been resurgent, with a couple billion-dollar-plus offerings hitting the markets, and May … man, May was as good a month for IPOs as we’ve seen in years.

What goes up apparently must come down, though, and anchoring this balloon is none other than Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

The general rule of thumb for IPOs is this: Deals are highly sensitive to market volatility. This primarily is because they’re often high-risk assets — that is, companies in the early stages of their life cycle. Thus, when investors get skittish, the crowd around the IPO pool can get awfully sparse, awfully quick. Read 

Why Neiman Marcus Won’t Be the Next Kors

Jun 24, 2013, 1:56 pm EST
Why Neiman Marcus Won’t Be the Next Kors

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has filed for an IPO. And for the iconic company founded over a century ago — and which also owns Bergdorf Goodman — it’s been a long road to say the least.

During the height of the private equity boom in 2005, TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus took Neiman Marcus private in a $5.1 billion transaction. Since then, the company has undergone a tough restructuring as well as a refinancing of nearly all the outstanding debt. As should be no surprise, the impact of the financial crisis was brutal.

Luckily, the company has been regaining its footing. During the past three years, sales have climbed from $3.9 billion to $4.5 billion while adjusted EBITDA went from $527 million to $623 million. Read 

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