Etsy Crafting an IPO for Q1

Jan 14, 2015, 11:47 am EST
Etsy Crafting an IPO for Q1

According to a Bloomberg report, Etsy is gearing up for an IPO, which could hit the markets sometime during the current quarter. The company, which operates a site that allows people to sell their crafts, has retained Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to lead the deal. However, an S-1 has yet to be filed. Source: Wikipedia

So, will an Etsy IPO be good for investors?

Well, let’s first get a little background on the company: Back in the summer of 2005, Rob Kalin looked across the web for a good online marketplace to sell his handmade wooden computers. The search was fruitless as nothing impressed him. So he started his own site and teamed up with some of his friends. After working tirelessly for a couple months from Rob’s Brooklyn apartment, they launched Etsy. Read 

The Box IPO Is Almost Here – Really!

Jan 9, 2015, 12:08 pm EST
The Box IPO Is Almost Here – Really!

Box, which operates a cloud storage platform, is close to pulling off its IPO. The company expects to issue 12.5 million shares at a range of $11 to $13, which would put the valuation at about $1.6 billion. The deal is likely to hit the markets within the next couple weeks and will list on the NYSE under the ticker of “BOX.”

While the timing is pretty good for a Box IPO, investors should still remain cautious.

First, let’s take a look at the history of Box: While at USC in 2004, Aaron Levie got the idea for the company while doing a school project, which evaluated cloud storage solutions. He soon realized that the market was wide open. So he dropped out of school and wasted no time in getting Box launched. Read 

I-Bankers Look At Another Huge Year for IPOs

Jan 8, 2015, 2:30 pm EST
I-Bankers Look At Another Huge Year for IPOs

According to the accounting firm BDO USA, it looks like IPOs will be a winner in 2015 as well. This is according to its annual survey of 88 investment bankers, who believe that the number of new stocks will increase by 2%, the amount raised will reach nearly $85 billion and the average return will be about 12%. Source: ©

If this turns out to be the case, it will be impressive. Keep in mind that last year saw the most activity for IPOs since the boom of 2000. So yes, Wall Street certainly appears to be particularly bullish.

According to Renaissance Capital, there are already a whopping 369 companies that have filings for public offerings, up 44% over 2013. Read 

El Pollo Loco Stock Looks Tasty After Selloff

Jan 6, 2015, 12:36 pm EST

Shares in El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. (LOCO) have offered a crazy — and lately miserable — ride since going public last summer, but some some Wall Street upgrades offer hope for upside, even as LOCO stock remains as risky as ever.

El Pollo Loco recently fell below its July initial public offering closing price of $24 a share, something that was unthinkable just a couple of months ago. But, hey, in hindsight, LOCO stock blasted off with such force after its IPO, it was begging for some kind of fall.

Shares in the regional restaurant chain priced at $15 and opened at $19. Within a couple of weeks, LOCO was hitting levels above $40. Read 

Snapchat: Is it an IPO or Buyout?

Jan 2, 2015, 11:52 am EST
Snapchat: Is it an IPO or Buyout?

Snapchat, which is a popular messaging app (the photos disappear within seconds of receipt), has raised $485.6 million from 23 investors (the names were not disclosed). The deal comes among a flurry of other large financings at the end of 2014, such as for Uber and Xiaomi.

But in the case of Snapchat, might the next step be an IPO or a buyout? Actually, both look like fairly good options for the new year.

First, let’s take a look at a Snapchat IPO. It’s true that – since the tech bubble burst in 2000 — the market for public offerings has changed significantly. For the most part, a company needs a solid record of growing revenues, usually more than $100 million. Read 

Get Ready to Chomp on the Shake Shack IPO

Dec 30, 2014, 2:07 pm EST
Get Ready to Chomp on the Shake Shack IPO

Last week, I wrote a post for the IPO Playbook about my predictions for next year’s upcoming IPOs. One of my picks was Shake Shack, and before we even hit 2015, we’ve already got an IPO filing.

All in all, The Shake Shack IPO should be one of 2015’s hot deals.

First let’s take a look at the company’s background: Shake Shack is the brainchild of renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer (some of his creations include Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, The Modern, Maialino and Marta). Read 

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