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US IPO Week Ahead: Year's first unicorn leads a pickup in activity with 4 IPOs


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The IPO market is back in session. The first unicorn of the year, Zscaler ( ZS ), headlines the week ahead featuring four companies that are targeting a combined $386 million. A strong debut could nudge forward a number of other software unicorns, with Dropbox ( DBX ) and China's iQIYI ( IQ ) eligible to launch during the week. Spotify SPOT will host its investor day on Thursday, March 15. Other deals scheduled to price this week include a biotech, a bank and a blank check company.

U.S. IPO Calendar
Issuer
Business
Deal Size
Market Cap
Price Range
Shares Filed
Top
Bookrunners
Arcus Biosciences (RCUS)
Hayward, CA
$99M
$600M
$13 - $15
7,100,000
Citi
Goldman
Clinical-stage biotech developing cancer immunotherapies.
Zscaler ( ZS )
San Jose, CA
$110M
$1,360M
$10 - $12
10,000,000
Morgan Stanley
Goldman
Provides a cloud-based network security service for enterprises.
Bridgewater Bancshares (BWB)
Bloomington, MN
$77M
$344M
$10.50 - $12.50
6,700,000
Sandler
DA Davidson
Minnesota-based community bank focused on commercial real estate lending.
Opes Acquisition (OPESU)
Mexico City, Mexico
$100M
$129M
$10
10,000,000
EarlyBird
Blank check company formed by Axis Capital Management to acquire a Mexican business.


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Cybersecurity provider Zscaler ( ZS ) aims to raise $110 million, valuing the company at nearly $1.4 billion. Zscaler is the industry leader in cloud-based security solutions, the fastest-growing segment of the $1.6 billion Secure Web Gateway market. The company has the makings of a strong tech IPO with high growth, manageable losses and a reasonable valuation (7.7x LTM sales). Insiders have indicated on $5 million of the IPO.

Arcus Biosciences (RCUS) is targeting $99 million at a $600 million market value. Insiders have indicated on $40 million (40% of the deal) on the IPO. The clinical stage immuno-oncology company has strong backing and an experienced management team, which sold their previous preclinical drug to Bristol-Myers Squibb for $1.25 billion in 2015. While risks include the need for substantial additional funding and emerging competition in the space, Arcus is approaching numerous milestones in 2018 and 2019. Immuno-oncology peer ARMO BioSciences (ARMO) is also up nearly 200% since its January 2018 IPO.

Bridgewater Bancshares (BWB) aims to raise $77 million at a $344 million valuation. The founder-led Minnesota community bank provides loans to small business entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals across the Twin Cities MSA. Bridgewater has grown assets at a 28% CAGR since 2013 to over $1.6 billion, and grew net interest income 29% to $54 million in 2017.

Opes Acquisition (OPESU), a SPAC targeting a Mexican business, aims to raise $100 million at a $129 million market value. The company is led by José and Gonzalo White, the co-founders of sponsor Axis Capital Management.

IPO Market Snapshot
The Renaissance IPO Indices are market cap weighted baskets of newly public companies. The Renaissance IPO Index has returned 6.1% year-to-date and the S&P 500 is up 4.2 % . Renaissance Capital's IPO ETF ( IPO ) tracks the index, and top ETF holdings include Snap (SNAP) and US Foods  (USFD). The Renaissance International IPO Index is up 4.4% year-to-date, while the ACWX is down 1.6%. Renaissance Capital's International IPO ETF ( IPOS ) tracks the index, and top ETF holdings include Orsted (DONG Energy) and ASR Nederland .

The article US IPO Week Ahead: Year's first unicorn leads a pickup in activity with 4 IPOs originally appeared on IPO investment manager Renaissance Capital's web site renaissancecapital.com.

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