A Dropbox IPO Could Be Coming in 2017

Aug 15, 2016, 3:49 pm EST

Dropbox may launch its IPO as early as 2017.

The data storage company has hired advisers to discuss the possibility of going public with its stock. These preliminary talks are designed to determine Dropbox’s potential valuation and how realistic it would be for the company to get a listing.

At June’s Bloomberg Technology Conference — which showcases innovative Silicon Valley companies and products — Dropbox announced that it is finally free-cash-flow positive. A combination of revenue growth and discipline on costs helped make this a reality. Read 

Acacia Communications, Inc. (ACIA): Boom or Bust? What Investors Should Know

Aug 15, 2016, 12:58 pm EST

Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACIA), a builder of optical networking systems, is certainly not a household name. Even in Silicon Valley, the company doesn’t get much attention. Yet Wall Street has taken notice, posting a sizzling return of 316% since going public in May.

Growth has been torrid, as seen with last week’s stellar earnings report, sending ACIA stock up 41%! So, just what is Acacia Communications and why the interest from investors? Well, let’s take a look:

Back in 2009, Mehrdad Givehchi, Benny Mikkelsen and Christian Rasmussen launched Acacia Communications. The mission was to build optical networking equipment that would not only boost speed and time-to-market, but also greatly reduce overall costs. Read 

Line Corp IPO Cashes in on the Mobile Chat Revolution (LN)

Jul 14, 2016, 1:07 pm EST
Line Corp IPO Cashes in on the Mobile Chat Revolution (LN)

Finally, the IPO market has come back to life. Today the chat operator Line Corp (ADR) (NYSE:LN) pulled off a convincing offering, with the stock up about 32%. This came after the company boosted the price range on the deal and priced the shares at the top end. Source: Via Line Corp

Good news for the underwriters, including Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) and Nomura Securities. And the Line IPO likely means that — during the fall –we’ll probably see quite a bit more activity with public offerings.

But first, let’s take a deeper look at the company. Actually, the roots of Line go back to 2011 when Naver Corporation — which is a large Internet operator in Korea — built the app as a way to allow people to communicate in the aftermath of the horrific earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The core functions included text, voice and even video calls. And of course, there was no charge. Read 

Why Twilio Inc (TWLO) Stock Is Surging Today

Jul 13, 2016, 11:35 am EST

Twilio Inc (NYSE:TWLO) stock was up on Wednesday after news of Coatue Management’s stake in the company.

A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the company has a 6.25% stake in Twilio. Coatue Management is a tech hedge fund operated by Philippe Laffont.

Twilio’s strong growth comes during a time when IPOs are having trouble. This has resulted in some companies choosing to remain private. The startup also announced that it will be releasing its first earnings report as a publicly-traded company on Aug. 8. reports Insider Monkey. Read 

Hostess Brands IPO: Should You Invest in Twinkies?

Jul 5, 2016, 11:44 am EST
Hostess Brands IPO: Should You Invest in Twinkies?

Hostess Brands — the company behind Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Zingers and other American snack favorites — looks like it’s going to make the initial public offering market just a little bit sweeter. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a Hostess Brands IPO looks to be in the works that would value the company at $2.3 billion (including debt).

The path of the Hostess IPO has been downright amazing. The company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection twice — once in 2004, and again in 2012.

Still, private equity firms Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE:APO) and C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. saw opportunity in Hostess Brands — and why not? It’s extremely difficult to establish consumer brands with the same heft as Hostess, whose roots dig all the way back to 1919. Read 

Twilio IPO: Should You Buy TWLO Stock?

Jun 23, 2016, 11:53 am EST
Twilio IPO: Should You Buy TWLO Stock?

The Twilio Inc (NYSE:TWLO) IPO kicked off with a pop Thursday. But this offering might not just be an exciting opportunity down the road — it could be a turning point for the IPO market.

Twilio — a cloud communications company that allows users to make phone calls and send texts over web service APIs — is up big today. The Twilio IPO priced at $15, which was above an initial trading range of $12 to $14 for TWLO stock — then proceeded to surge 70% after hitting the market.

But now that mom-and-pop investors have a shot at buying the Twilio IPO … should they? Read 

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