The IPO hopper is overflowing.
No fewer than 13 companies have lined up to go public in the
coming days, according to IPO site
. Two of them priced yesterday - shuttle tanker company
KNOT Offshore Partners (
Taylor Morrison (
Of the 13 initial public offerings currently listed,
is by far the most recognizable. Operator of 11 U.S. theme parks
including Busch Gardens, SeaWorld Entertainment announced terms
for an IPO yesterday. The Orlando-based company plans to raise
$510 million by offering 20 million shares at a price range of
$24 to $27 a pop.
At the midpoint of its expected price range, SeaWorld would
command a market value of $2.4 billion. That would be quite a
splash (pun intended).
The sudden glut of IPOs likely reflects two things: one, that
U.S. markets are at
and companies wanting to go public are striking while the iron is
hot; and two, that IPO proceeds of late are enticing others to
jump in the pool.
Through the first quarter, U.S. IPOs had raised $7.6 billion -
the second-most lucrative first three months since 2008. That's
impressive when you consider that the number of IPOs was down
from the past two first quarters.
The returns haven't been too shabby either, with an average
first-day pop of 13%. Of the 17 companies that have gone public
in the last two months, only three of them are down from their
KNOT Offshore and Taylor Morrison aren't off to bad starts in
their first day of trading. Both stocks have risen roughly 5.5%
in their debuts.