initial public offerings (IPOs) trading on American exchanges

Friday, November 21, 2014

INC Research Holding (INCR) began trading on the NASDAQ on 7 November 2014


INC Research Holdings Inc (INC Research) is a contract research organization (CRO). The Company is engaged in Strategic clinical development, which provides a range of Phase I to Phase IV clinical development services for the biopharmaceutical and medical device industry; Standalone services, such as Project management, Data and biostatistics, Monitoring, Quality and compliance, Safety and pharmacovigilance, Regulatory affairs, Study start-up, Patient recruitment, Pregnancy registries, Abuse liability, Alcohol interactions and Medical writing, and Pharmaceutical consulting. The Company operates in North America, South America, Central Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. The Company uses web-based electronic endpoint adjudication systems and monitoring techniques.


3201 Beechleaf Ct Ste 600
RALEIGH, NC 27604-1500
United States

Key stats and ratios

Q3 (Sep '14)2013
Net profit margin4.20%-4.17%
Operating margin7.61%3.16%
EBITD margin-10.23%
Return on average assets3.82%-3.33%
Return on average equity17.12%-14.17%

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Habit Restaurants (HABT) began trading on the NASDAQ on 14 November 2014

Shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT) more than doubled in their trading debut, underscoring the growing appetite among investors for stocks of fast casual restaurant chains - increasingly, the choice of health-conscious diners.
  • The Habit Burger Grill or just The Habit as it is commonly known, is a fast casual restaurant chain focused on hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, shakes, and french fries, with its headquarters in Irvine, California. Wikipedia
  • Founded: 1969, Santa Barbara, CA
  • CEO: Russell William Bendel

Restaurants such as El Pollo Loco (LOCO) and Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES), which also made their public debut this year, have caught diners' imagination with fresh ingredients and options like whole wheat and gluten-free foods.

That has sent growth-hungry investors scouting for the next Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG).

Including Habit, known for its charburgers, five restaurant operators have raised about $486 million in U.S. IPOs this year, compared to $231 million raised by two restaurants last year.

All but one of this year's debutantes are fast casuals.

Shares of Zoe's Kitchen, which shot up 74 percent in their debut in April, have more than doubled since then, and El Pollo Loco's are near that mark.

Zoe's shares are trading at 351.34 times forward earnings, and El Pollo at 48.92 times forward earnings, compared with 15.94 times for McDonalds's Corp (MCD) and 38.73 times for the overall restaurant sector, according to StarMine.

J. Alexander's Holdings Inc has filed for an IPO, and Shake Shack is reported to have picked banks for an offering.

The investor demand comes handy for fast casual restaurants looking to expand.

Habit, present in only four U.S. states, and Zoe's plan to double the number of restaurants in next four years.

Sales of U.S. fast casual restaurants are expected to exceed $50 billion by 2018, from about $34.5 billion in 2013, according to research firm Technomic.

Not all fast casual operators have been able to sustain the euphoria surrounding their public debuts, because of issues specific to their business.

Potbelly Corp's (PBPB) stock has lost 10 percent of its value since listing in 2013. Papa Murphy's Holdings (FRSH) has lost 17 percent of its value since it May debut.

Alibaba (BABA), 2-month performance

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STORE Capital (STOR) began trading on the NYSE on 18 November 2014

S|T|O|R|E is an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is a leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, or STORE Properties.

  • Share Price $18.50
  • Shares Offered 27,500,000
  • Offer Amount $508,750,000.00
  • Lockup Period (days) 180
  • Lockup Expiration 5/18/2015
  • Quiet Period Expiration 12/29/2014
Today's IPO for STORE Capital (NYSE: STOR) closed up 5.4% to $19.50 Tuesday after pricing f 27,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $18.50 per share.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank Securities, KeyBanc Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as joint lead managers for the offering, and Baird, BMO Capital Markets, Comerica Securities, Raymond James, Stifel and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey are acting as co-managers for the offering.

STORE Capital Corporation is an internally managed net-lease real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is a leader in the acquisition, investment and management of Single Tenant Operational Real Estate, which is its target market and the inspiration for its name. STORE Capital is one of the largest and fastest growing net-lease REITs and owns a large, well-diversified portfolio that consists of investments in 850 property locations, substantially all of which are profit centers, in 46 states as of September 30, 2014.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wayfair (W) began trading on the NYSE on 2 October 2014

Wayfair Inc. is transforming the way people shop for their homes. The Company has created online destinations for the home. Through its e-commerce business model, the Company offers visually inspiring browsing, compelling merchandising, easy product discovery and prices for over seven million products from over 7,000 suppliers across five brands:, Joss & Main, AllModern, DwellStudio and Birch Lane. The Company’s technology and data focus facilitates critical e-commerce capabilities, such as shopping experiences across its five brands, consumer targeting and personalization, and anytime, anywhere shopping across its Websites, mobile-optimized Websites and mobile applications.The Company offers consumers a one-stop shop with home goods pricing designed to be on par with big box retailers and a merchandising experience designed to be on par with specialty retailers.


4 Copley Pl Fl 7
BOSTON, MA 02116-6504
United States 

Virgin America (VA) began trading on the NASDAQ on 14 November 2014

  • The discount airline launched Friday on the public market, opening at $27 a share, after pricing at $23, the higher end of its initial range.
  • The $23 offering price valued the Burlingame, Calif., company at $994 million. The company said it expects to have about 43.2 million shares in total, leaving Cyrus Capital Partners LP and Virgin Group Ltd., as the company’s large shareholders.
  • Virgin launched in 2007 and fared poorly until 2013, turning around its finances by slowing growth and collecting higher fares for more of its eats. The company turned its first full-year annual profit last year and in the latest third quarter produced net profit of $41.6 million, up from $33.5 million a year earlier. Revenue rose nearly 5% to $405 million.

The upstart airline formed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson soared 25% out of the gate Friday from its IPO price of $23. The deal raised more than $300 million.

Virgin America CEO

The company is based in Northern California and now worth about $1 billion.

It's going public at a time when airline stocks are flying especially high. Delta (DAL) is up over 60% this year, for example, while JetBlue (JBLU) has climbed almost 50%. Fuel prices are low and more people are traveling for business and pleasure as the U.S. economy improves.

Virgin America is much smaller than its airline rivals though. It lost $395 million from 2009 through 2012 before eking out a $10 million profit last year.

The airline is marketing its turnaround heavily to investors. In the first nine months of this year, it's made $56 million, according a regulatory filing.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Freshpet (FRPT) began trading on the NASDAQ on 7 November 2014

Nasdaq's Jordan Saxe and his dog Stowe at the Freshpet Opening Bell in celebration of their IPO 

Freshpet Inc is a company which provides fresh food for pet animals. The Company provides meats- based recipes, such as chicken, beef, lamb and salmon; fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, peas and leafy green vegetables, and high-fiber grains, such as brown rice, oats and barley. The Company provides food packed with vitamins, proteins and amino acids.


400 Plaza Dr Fl 1
SECAUCUS, NJ 07094-3605
United States 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Forward Pharma (FWP) began trading on the NASDAQ on 15 October 2014

Forward Pharma A/S, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the provision of dimethyl fumarate (DMF) formulations for the treatment of various immune disorders. It develops FP187, a DMF formulation to treat relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.