initial public offerings (IPOs) trading on American exchanges

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

J. Jill (JILL) reported earnings on Wed 31 May 2017 (b/o)

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  • one week later:

J. Jill beats by $0.06, beats on revs; guides Q2 EPS above consensus; guides FY18 EPS midpoint above consensus; Q1 comps +9.9%  :
  • Reports Q1 (Apr) earnings of $0.24 per share, excluding non-recurring items, $0.06 better than the Capital IQ Consensus of $0.18; revenues rose 12.5% year/year to $166.1 mln vs the $162.11 mln Capital IQ Consensus.
  • Total company comparable sales, which includes comparable store sales and direct to consumer comparable sales, increased by 9.9%.
  • Gross profit increased to $115.6 million from $101.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. As a percentage of total net sales, gross profit was 69.6% compared to 68.7% in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.
  •  Co issues upside guidance for Q2, sees EPS of $0.27-0.29, excluding non-recurring items, vs. $0.27 Capital IQ Consensus Estimate. For Q2, co expects total comparable sales to increase in the high single digits.
  • Co issues upside guidance for FY18, sees EPS of $0.80-0.84 vs. $0.79 Capital IQ Consensus Estimate. For FY17, co expects total comparable sales to increase in the high single digits.

=Potbelly (PBPB) CEO leaving sandwich chain after nine years at helm

Aylwin Lewis, the CEO of the Potbelly sandwich chain, will part ways with the company in August.

The Chicago-based restaurant did not provide a reason behind the exit.

Lewis, 63, who serves as both CEO and chairman, joined the company in 2008 and led the chain through an expansion and IPO.

"We are grateful for Aylwin's leadership during his nine-year tenure at Potbelly. He is a world class restaurant leader and Potbelly benefited from his leadership," Peter Bassi, a Potbelly board member, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We have started the search process for a new CEO."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Long trade : PSTG +20% (5/17)

  • 5/23:  #1537
  • 3, 9, 15, 37, 59, 72, 75
  • vol. 2.1 M
  • 5/30/17 : +20%

Friday, May 26, 2017

WideOpenWest (WOW) began trading on Nasdaq on 25 May 2017

WideOpenWest, Inc. provides high speed data, cable television, and digital telephony services to residential and business services customers in the United States. 
The company was formerly known as WideOpenWest Kite, Inc. and changed its name to WideOpenWest, Inc. in March 2017. 
  • Sector(s): Communication Services
  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Founded in 2001 
  • HQ in Englewood, Colorado

Long trade : DOC (5/17)

Summit Materials (SUM) : 2-year performance


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Appian (APPN) began trading on Nasdaq on 25 May 2017

Software company
The company's platform automates the creation of forms, data flows, records, reports, and other software elements that are needed to be manually coded or configured. Its principal software markets include business process management systems, dynamic case management, digital process automation, and low-code development.

  • Sector: Technology
  • Industry: Software - Infrastructure
  • Full Time Employees: 2,000
  • Headquarters: Reston, Virginia
  • Founded: 1999

2nd day of trading

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pure Storage (PSTG) reported earnings on Wed 24 May 2017 (a/h)

  • Day before 5/23: 3, 9, 1537,  59, 72, 75
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Pure Storage beats by $0.08, beats on revs; guides Q2 revs in-line; reaffirms FY18 revs guidance:
  • Reports Q1 (Apr) loss of $0.14 per share, $0.08 better than the Capital IQ Consensus of ($0.22); revenues rose 30.5% year/year to $182.6 mln vs the $176.13 mln Capital IQ Consensus.
    • Non-GAAP Gross Margin 66.4%, Q4 66.0%
    • Operating Margin -16.7%, guidance was -27 to -23%.
  • Co issues in-line guidance for Q2, sees Q2 revs of $214-222 mln vs. $214.22 mln Capital IQ Consensus Estimate.
    • Non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 63.5% to 66.5%;
    • Non-GAAP operating margin in the range of -16% to -12%;
  • Co reaffirms guidance for FY18, sees FY18 revs of $975-1025 mln vs. $988.86 mln Capital IQ Consensus Estimate.
    • Non-GAAP gross margin in the range of 63.5% to 66.5%;
    • Non-GAAP operating margin in the range of -9% to -5%;
    • "We continue to drive strong year over year improvement in operating leverage as we drive to our $1 billion full year revenue target."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Container Store (TCS) reported earnings on Tue 23 May 2017 (a/h)

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  • Container Store beats 4Q profit forecasts
COPPELL, Texas (AP) _ The Container Store Group Inc. (TCS) on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $8.4 million.
The Coppell, Texas-based company said it had net income of 17 cents per share.
The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 10 cents per share.
The storage products retailer posted revenue of $221 million in the period.
For the year, the company reported profit of $15 million, or 31 cents per share. Revenue was reported as $819.9 million.
Container Store expects full-year earnings to be 25 cents to 35 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $830 million to $850 million.
In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, the company's shares hit $4.15. A year ago, they were trading at $5.30.

Friday, May 19, 2017

JILL : 2-month performance

Bright Scholar Education (BEDU) began trading on the NYSE on 18 May 2017

  • Founded in 1994, the Chinese K-12 education company consists of more than 6,000 employees and operates 51 schools as of February 28, 2017. Headquartered in Foshan, China, Bright Scholar operates 34 kindergartens, 11 bilingual schools and six international schools in seven provinces. The company also runs 16 learning centers in Foshan, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing, China. In the first half of the 2017 school year, the company indicated an average of 29,230 total students enrolled at its institutions.
  • The company's mission is to deliver world-class education to students in China and across the globe and to prepare students for education overseas. As of September 1, 2016, the company is the largest operator of bilingual and international K-12 schools in China in terms of student enrollment.
  • The company is partly owned by Chinese property tycoon Yeung Kwok-keung's family. Yeung's sister, Ms. Meirong Yang and daughter, Ms. Huiyan Yang, own 92.59% stake in Bright Scholar. Following the completion of the IPO, Ms. Meirong Yang and Ms. Huiyan Yang will own 63.12% and 17.39%, respectively.


Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited is an operator of international and bilingual K-12 schools in China. The Company is engaged in providing international education to Chinese students. Its schools comprise international schools, bilingual schools and kindergartens. It offers a broad range of internationally-accredited curricula at its international schools. It also offers a range of complementary education services, including overseas camps and after-school programs. As of February 28, 2017, the Company had six international schools, which focus on internationally-accredited curricula and offer extracurricular activities and programs; 11 bilingual schools, which provide government-mandated curricula and developing students’ English proficiency; and 34 bilingual kindergartens, including 11 that deliver international curricula. As of February 28, 2017, the Company operated 51 schools.

Key stats and ratios

Q1 (Feb '17)2016
Net profit margin1.51%0.28%
Operating margin0.84%1.76%
EBITD margin-8.69%
Return on average assets-0.25%
Return on average equity--100.71%


No.1 Beijiao Town, Shunde District
FOSHAN, GNG 528300

Veritone (VERI) began trading on Nasdaq on 12 May 2017

  • The California-based artificial intelligence player raised $37.5M, pricing its 2.5M share IPO in the middle of the hoped-for $14-$16 range.
  • The company has developed an aggregated platform of mostly third-party video and audio analysis engines and is controlled by CEO Chad Steelberg and President Ryan Steelberg, who are brothers and together own 74% of company stock pre-IPO.
  • The company is changing its focus from its legacy media business to a new "AI Platform" composed of mostly third-party technologies.

Key stats and ratios

Q4 (Dec '16)2016
Net profit margin-362.13%-302.76%
Operating margin-293.77%-266.86%
EBITD margin--265.17%
Return on average assets-133.04%-106.61%
Return on average equity--


3366 Via Lido
NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92663-3907
United States

Thursday, May 18, 2017

G1 Therapeutics (GTHX) began trading on the Nasdaq on 18 May 2017

G1 Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of patients with cancer in the United States.
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Full Time Employees: 44
  • Headquarters: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • Founded: 2008

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Gardner Denver Holdings (GDI) began trading on the NYSE on 12 May 2017

  • Industry Diversified Machinery
  • Founded 1859
  • Founder Robert Gardner
  • Headquarters Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Products Compressors, vacuum & blowers, liquid ring pumps, petroleum pumps, loading arms, couplers, water jetting, and others

CEO Vicente Reynal cheers as Gardner Denver leaders ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange May 12.

Company website
CEO Vicente Reynal
Employees (as of 3/31/2017) 6100
Fiscal Year End 12/31
Status Priced (5/12/2017)
Proposed Symbol GDI
Exchange NYSE
Share Price $20.00
Shares Offered 41,300,000
Offer Amount $826,000,000.00
Total Expenses $7,062,351.00
Shares Over Alloted 0
Shares Outstanding 189,732,248
Lockup Period (days) 180
Lockup Expiration 11/8/2017
Quiet Period Expiration 6/21/2017