Mar 31, 2014, 1:08 pm EDT
It finally happened. The IPO market finally took a couple shots.
After a rip-roaring 2014 for new stocks on the market, IPOs were less than warmly welcomed last week, as four of 11 deals finished breakeven or even negative. Another two boasted only single-digit returns in the black.
Of course, the worst performer was King Entertainment Media (KING), which lost about 20% of its value in a dreadful IPO. Even though the company has been growing at a breakneck pace — and is even profitable — Wall Street was worried that its Candy Crush Saga momentum is starting to wane. Read
Mar 28, 2014, 12:18 pm EDT
CBS (CBS) has just launched the spinoff of its CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO) division, which rents advertising space on highway billboards as well as in municipal transit systems. The particularly unsexy business still is seeing a decent showing today — it raised roughly $560 million, and CBS Outdoor’s stock is up about 8% in its debut.
CBS Outdoor is the result of aggressive M&A that began roughly 20 years ago. At first, the dealmaking mostly took place in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, but in 2008, CBSO expanded its footprint into Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
Now, CBS Outdoor is one of the biggest players on the field, boasting marquee locations include the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and Grand Central Station and Times Square in New York City. In all, CBS Outdoor has a portfolio of 356,000 displays. Read
Mar 27, 2014, 3:23 pm EDT
PrivCo analyst Matthew Turlip considers King Digital Entertainment (KING) — maker of the uber-hot mobile game Candy Crush Saga — to be a “one-trick pony” much like Zynga (ZNGA).
Turlip sees a very rocky future, and so far, he’s right. On Tuesday, KING stock was priced at $22.50 for its IPO, and it’s noticeably down during its first two days of trading.
So, point to Turlip. Read
Mar 27, 2014, 2:23 pm EDT
Ally Financial, a top auto finance company, has set the terms for its upcoming IPO, and the numbers are interesting — 95 million shares at a range of $25 to $28, which would mean a valuation of $13 billion at the midpoint.
But it’s hard to get excited for its prospects — there’s not much to differentiate Ally Financial from the industry’s many competitors.
A little background: The roots of Ally Financial go back to 1919 (right after World War I) when it was the finance arm for General Motors (GM). But by 2006, the automaker sold off a majority of the company, and of course, a few years later Ally got a $17.2 billion bailout loan from the federal government. Read
Mar 27, 2014, 12:18 pm EDT
Spotify — a popular streaming music service — appears to be gearing up for an initial public offering that could hit the markets in the fall. If reports are right, the company could start talking to investment banks as soon as next month, and a filing for the Spotify IPO might come during the summer.
There were other recent signs that a Spotify IPO was on the fast track. For example, the company snagged a $200 million line of credit from Morgan Stanley (MS), Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) — such a move generally comes about when an IPO is on the horizon. Also, Spotify has been looking to hire a specialist in federal securities filings!
Spotify is the brainchild of 20-something Daniel Ek, who started the company in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. The country turned out to be a great laboratory to experiment with the streaming music service. Read