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23
Jan

Upcoming IPOs and how do the IPOs help avoid debt

How are the IPOs helpful for the companies and businesses to avoid debt? In order to understand the answer you need to have a clear idea regarding the concept. So, IPOs or the Initial Public Offerings are the stocks which the company sells for the first time to the public. In some of the cases, the IPOs get associated with the gains on the first day. In the times when the market may not be performing too well, the idea of holding the IPO can simply come out to be a huge flop. There are two main ways in which capital can be raised for the requirements of a corporation. IPO is a type of equity financing option which can help you avoid taking on any debts with regards to business financing. Small business owners can find here, more debt help options.

The updates on upcoming IPOs for 2013

In some of the situations, the corporations choose the public option rather than following the debt securities option. The greatest advantage of the capital raised through IPO is that you are not required to repay the money in any form. It is just the part of the ownership of the company or the corporation that the person buying the stocks acquires. On the other hand, you would be required to repay what you will be borrowing through the debt securities. Moreover, you would be required to make the payments on the interest too, at the same time.

Last year the IPO market and the proceedings were so. In fact, it was after Facebook launched the IPO, the results came out to be disastrous. As a result of that the IPO calendar brought back no other events for the next month. However, as the end of 2012 neared, the IPO market started to gear up. In fact, there were various such companies which went public after the launch of Facebook and its IPO in May. It was then seen that there averages were up by 31% within the middle of December if the IPO prices are to be considered, along with the S&P 500 up by 11% within that time.

The IPO market appeared to rebound from October 2012, especially during the second week of October. This was the time when at least nine companies made their stocks public. Jonathan Crane, chairman of the KeyBanc Capital Markets’ equity-underwriting committee told that “There was a big hiccup with Facebook, but in general, new issues in the market are doing well,” and he added that the “People are gravitating toward anything with growth, and in that respect, I think things have returned to normal.” Workday Inc. came out to be the best performing company amongst those which debuted in October.

“For now, the megatrends in the IPO market include cloud-based computing – which includes companies such as Workday, Demandware Inc. (NYSE: DWRE), Splunk, ServiceNow Inc. (NYSE: NOW), Guidewire Software Inc. (NYSE: GWRE) and Palo Alto Networks – and high-end branded goods such as Michael Kors Holding Ltd. (NYSE: KORS) and Prada that appeal to consumers in emerging markets,” – that is what Sam Hamadeh,the chief executive of Privco, has to say about the upcoming IPO market.

14
Nov

Restoration Hardware IPO

The retail company Restoration Hardware made its debut as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, November 2, 2012. Investors enthusiastically greeted its arrival on Wall Street. The successful launch is an indication investors believe the home improvement retail sector and Restoration Hardware in particular will prosper in the near future.

Restoration Hardware’s IPO price was $24. The stock opened its first trading day at $32.05. The closing price on trading day one was $31.10. The stock reached a high of $33.30 on Monday, November 5th, and currently trades in the low 30’s. 

Restoration Hardware began with one California store in 1980. The 1990’s saw major expansion and the company went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange in 1998. During the recession and financial crisis of the 2000s people were not purchasing discretionary items. Restoration Hardware hit a rocky road and was taken private in 2008. 

Restoration Hardware sells high-end household furniture, bedding, indoor and outdoor decor and a long list of other home accessories. Gary Friedman, chairman emeritus of the company, says the company focuses on products with taste, style and high quality. The marketing works because Restoration Hardware enjoys a degree of customer loyalty. Consumers may purchase items infrequently, but regularly peruse the stores, catalogs and online merchandise and eventually buy again.

Restoration Hardware is currently experiencing an IPO high. Often investors feel they must buy a stock and jump on the bandwagon before the price surges and gets away from them. However that scenario rarely happens. Smart investors wait a few weeks after the IPO hype to purchase the stock. 

The stock market does not like uncertainty. Pre-election unknowns riled markets and currently the looming fiscal cliff is contributing to market volatility. Potential investors might consider waiting until after the first of the year. Less market volatility should allow the market and specifically Restoration Hardware stock to settle into a trading range.

About the Author

Carly Lance loves to blog about personal finances, saving money and bankruptcy whenever she can. She also is employed as the blog and marketing manager at Personal Bankruptcy Canada, a company that deals with people going through bankruptcy in Canada.

14
Nov

New-age IPO: How companies can reduce debt before going public

There is a new trend that is catching every start-up business entrepreneurs with surprise. This is regarding the funds required at the time of pre-Initial Public Offering or IPO. It has been found that big corporations are buying other small companies through a different strategy. The strategy is to first reduce the outstanding financial obligations of these small companies before acquiring them.

According to the financial analysts, most of the private equity portfolios have been kept so, after they were purchased by the bigger corporations in between 2005-2008. However, as per the traditional norms, start-ups seeking to fund their first IPO have to go through a lot of hardships in order to get that. Hence, even today many start-ups who want to go public due next year are entangled in a series of obligations and hindrances. The most glaring amongst all such hardships are the repayment of business loans, or rather debt.

How to reduce small business debt

In the opinion of a renowned financial expert, a company which has around $5 billion as long-term debt may apply for about $2 billion as its IPO. Therefore, the revenue generated from the market can be used so as to meet the obligations of the creditors. Moreover, in the second IPO, if the same company generates more or less $2 billion, then it will be seen as a good performance.

However, in case the company raises just $1.5 billion, then in such a situation future buyers will have to repay the deficient outstanding balance of $0.5 billion out of their own company’s financial resources. This will increase the indebtedness of the purchaser which may risk the organization’s stability and so, they might have to call for cost reduction measures. Hence, with so much risks involved the buyer will definitely ask for better and affordable price per share. As a result, it will minimize the options at hand for the IPO issuer. That means it will reduce their chances of bargain by several notches.

There is another way through which small companies can reduce the financial burden on their company. They can do so by approaching the public equity investors who trade on a long-term basis. Financiers of this stature will be able to resolve the debt problems plaguing the debt-ridden companies who are willing to float an IPO.

Therefore, they are can infuse a cash-strapped company with huge amount of capital in order to make them capable of making the loan repayments. This sort of investors is usually found during the time of IPO. However, now they are available before that. One of the biggest advantages to get them on board is that they come at 10-20% cheaper rate. This helps the company to bargain for better rate at the IPO.

About The Author – Grace Ruskin is a professional writer associate with http://www.debtconsolidationcare.com/ . She is an expert in financial writing and has contributed her articles to various financial blogs. Some finance articles written by him are various types of debt help options that can assist you in getting out of debt and many more. She also offers several easy solutions to individuals with financial problems.

12
Nov

A Guide to IPOS

IPOS or IPO may be a business term you have heard of, but never truly understood what it was. This guide aims to break down what an IPO is, the relevance to your business and how to get further advice on IPOS.

What is IPO?

IPO stands for initial public offering and the term was first heard (A LOT) in the early 90s. Back then, IPO and website millionaires seemed to go hand in hand as hundreds of them popped up in the UK and USA. These dotcom entrepreneurs would cash in on their internet company’s initial public offerings and then live off the proceeds, retired at 25.

Since then, an IPO has developed in terms of the definition and many of these dotcom millionaires are rubbing their hands together to have gotten in there first.

In Lehman terms, an IPO is the first sale of stock by a company to the public. Due to the huge internet boom, it meant that smaller start up companies with little capital could raise large amounts in order to expand their business.

An IPO is a sales job in other words. You start up a company and sell the stocks, whether it is to invest in the company or just as an ‘exit strategy’ to make the founders very rich.

If you can convince other people to invest their money in stocks for your company then you are a IPO genius!

How to offer an initial public offering

If you are a new company that wishes to offer shares to the public, then you will be beginning the process of an IPO. It is important to understand all of the legal and financial regulations that surround this before you begin selling shares left right and centre.

In the first instance, it is important to speak with an accountant to ensure that your business financial records are up to date as it is likely you will have to publish these.

Your business must also be a limited company or partnership in order to sell shares. If you are a sole trader and not registered with Companies House then you will not be able to sell your shares to the public. Once you are registered with Companies House you will be given the option to then sell shares as a company, or in other words start an IPO.

Now comes the sales part of the process, you need to persuade people that your company is an investment. This could be by publishing promising financial records with Companies House, or even by seeking out private investors and pitching your business to them.

You can only offer up to 50% of shares in order to retain full hold of your business. If you sell 51% of your shares then you will not retain sole ownership of the company and this could limit your profits.

 

Remember, an IPO can be extremely profitable for a business as long as you sell it to the correct people and in the right way. Many company founders are just keen on making a large sum of money for themselves before closing the business down. This is known as an ‘exit strategy’ and is not a moral thing to do! Always keep your business promises in order to make the largest profits you can. If you are unsure on anything mentioned to do with IPOS then you would be best off speaking to a professional accountant who can talk through your options in more detail.

 

Stefan Larder is a finance and business writer who takes an active interest in all aspects of the market. He currently writes for www.pricebailey.co.uk. When not working he is fond of sport and reading.

19
Jan

2012 IPOs

The New Year is here, and the finance world is all abuzz about 2012 IPOs.  What are we looking at this year, after a slightly disappointing IPO world in the latter half of 2011?  You got it: the Facebook IPO is slated to finally hit the charts this May.

Another big one to watch for 2012 IPOs is the Carlyle Group IPO, which actually filed last September.  A big player in the world of private equity, this company manages more than  $150 billion in assets.  The Carlyle Group IPO has been in the making for years, but 2010 may finally be it.

Get ready for the other 2012 IPOs like Kayak Software, Glam Media, several energy companies, some more finance companies, and perhaps even as exciting as the Facebook IPo, Ceasars Entertainment.

Ceasar’s Entertainment owns more than 50 casinos across the globe under the familiar names of Harrah’s, Ceasar’s, and Horseshoe brands.

19
Nov

YELP IPO

Finally, something for upcoming IPO investors to be excited about again: the YELP IPO was announced this week and is planned for sometime in  2012.  After a dismal September and not much better October, companies are starting to get in through the window left open by the Groupon IPO.

There’s really no much information yet about the YELP IPO, except that it is planned for 2012.  The filing states a $100 million amount but that is just a ballpark figure that can change at any time.  YELP was founded by a PayPal executive and isn’t even profitable yet but the  YELP IPO  is trying to get on the internet share bandwagon that is taking place with IPO investors.

22
Oct

Violin Memory IPO

violin memory ipoThe Violin Memory IPO may be the one of the first upcoming IPOs for the first or second quarter of 2012.  In addition to mentioning a Violin Memory IPO the CEO also said there may be an acquisition or two in the works.

The company makes all flash memory storage units for data storage and competes with a company whose CEO now heads Violin.  The flash storage world is hot right now, as far as tech investments go, so the news of the Violin Memory IPO is exciting to those working in the industry and those who watch and analyze upcoming IPOs.

There are many well-funded startup companies in the flash memory business.  Each has its own flash memory system, all of which are beginning to rival actual hard disk drives for computers.  Violin Memory usually sells high end computer gear to high-end customers.

What looks good for the Violin Memory IPO is the mere fact that the company has taken in millions in capital this year, and it’s projected that they will double their revenue in 2012.  And if the Violin Memory IPO is successful, well that’s must money for this company.

22
Oct

Groupon IPO Update

groupon IPOWell it’s time for a Groupon IPO update now that the year is in its final quarter and still not a thing has moved forward in this area.

The coupon or daily deal website company had first announced a summer 2011 IPO valued at $750 million but now the figure has been reduced to a hope of raising $500 million in the long awaited Groupon IPO.

They plan to sell 30 million shares at $16 to $18 per share, which puts their capital raised at anywhere from $480 million to $540 million.  That puts the company’s value at around $10 billion to $11 billion.  Last summer’s announcement of the Groupon IPO valued the company at $20, however.

Things have changed, to say the least.  The stock market has been very volatile during late summer and this Fall, and Groupon itself has had a rocky season as well.  Two chief operating officers departed in one year, making the Groupon IPO turn out to be a more risky business that was previously expected.

Groupon, based, in Chicago, did increase revenue during the third quarter, however.  The Groupon IPO roadshow starts next week, which is period of time before the actual IPO date, during which the company promotes itself to potential investors.

30
Sep

Mascoma IPO

Mascoma IPO  The Mascoma IPO  announced last week has the biofuels world chattering.  The company, based in New Hampshire, develops technology for cellulosic ethanol production.  The newest wave in biofuels technology has researchers trying to find a way to cheaply product ethanol fuel without relying on corn.

Executives at the company hope to raise up to $100 million worth of shares in the Mascoma IPO, which is backed by Morgan Stanley, UBS Securities and Credit Suisse.  There are several venture companies invested privately in Mascoma, namely SunOpta, Flagship, and General Catalyst.  Earlier this year Mascoma partnered with Valera in constructing a production plant in Michigan.

The Mascoma IPO  papers state that the Michigan plant is expected to produce, on a yearly basis, twenty million gallons of ethanol.  The drop-in yeast substitute is their featured product, and it replaces an expensive portion of the ethanol production process used in other methods.  They estimate the yeast substitute will result in a cost savings of one to two cents per gallon.  This is the key factor they hope will grab  investors’ attention during the Mascoma IPO.

Mascoma makes ethanol fuel out of hardwood pulp rather than corn and aims to produce unsubsidized ethanol at around $1.77 per gallon.  This represents several substantial benefits over producing ethanol from corn, which is subsidized.    They have a demo facility in Rome, NY, and have shown considerable success in their technology.

29
Aug

Toys R Us IPO

Toys R Us IPOThe Toys R Us IPO was first initiated in 2010, and it has been delayed for over a year. Now, we’re hearing that it may not happen until 2012.  The nation’s largest toy store had planned to raise $800 million when they announced their upcoming IPO in May of 2010.

Toys R Us has performed well, even making increases in sales during the nation’s recession.  Even though the toy industry is believed to be recession-proof, other toy stores in the country posted losses during the recession.

Everything had looked good for a Toys R Us IPO: they cut costs, they announced during a time when the stock market was booming, they expanded operating profit to record levels and even gained market share against their rough competitors, Wal-Mart.

Analysts say maybe they shouldn’t have waited because the picture is quite different now, as Summer 2011 winds down.  Toys R Us expanded but at half the rate of the previous year.  And as we’re seeing, upcoming IPOs are not faring as well since the stock market has been so volatile and hostile to new stocks.

While Toys R Us made a lot of smart moves before its upcoming IPO, it also made a few mistakes.  Apparently they opened too many temporary stores during the Holiday season last year.  Rental spaces in malls were too expensive and sales didn’t pan out they way they wanted.