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US IPO Weekly Recap: Biggest biotech breaks in 3-IPO week


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Moderna ( MRNA ) was not the cure for the biotech industry, which has broadly sold off this quarter.

Moderna upsized its offering to raise $604 million at a record-shattering $8.1 billion valuation. It is the largest biotech IPO by both deal size and proceeds raised. It also had one of the year's worst first-day returns, tumbling -19%, from $23.00 to $18.60. While Moderna's potential is massive, no mRNA therapies have been approved, it has a steep cash burn, and it is still in the early stages of drug approval. As we noted in our Pre-IPO report , Moderna was valued by VCs at $10.06 as recently as February.

Synthorx ( THOR ) was the week's bright spot, gaining 15% on Friday after pricing an upsized IPO at the midpoint. Backed by Avalon Ventures and RA Capital, the company is developing a breakthrough cancer therapy, but has not tested its drug in humans. Over half of the deal was indicated on by insiders.

Chinese fashion site MOGU  ( MOGU ) priced at the low end to raise $67 million at a $1.6 billion valuation. The stock opened with a 14% loss on Thursday, climbed back up to its offer price by end-of-day, and then sunk 4% on Friday. Investors may have been skeptical of Mogu's plan to restart growth after sales declined in its most recent fiscal year.

DiaMedica Therapeutics (DMAC) also priced a $16 million IPO uplisting; with a market cap below $50 million, however, we are not counting it in our IPO stats.


3 IPOs During the Week of December 3rd, 2018
Issuer
Business
Deal
Size
Market Cap
at IPO
Price vs.
Midpoint
First Day
Return
Return
at 12/07
Synthorx ( THOR )$131M$355M0%+15%+15%
Preclinical biotech developing immunotherapies for solid tumors.
MOGU ( MOGU )$67M$1,579M-7%n/a-4%
Tencent-backed online fashion marketplace in China.
Moderna ( MRNA )$604M$8,120M0%-19%-19%
Early-stage biotech developing therapies based on its modified mRNA platform.



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1 Filing During the Week of December 3rd, 2018
Issuer
Business
Deal
Size
SectorLead
Underwriter
Ardent Health (ARDT)$400MHealth CareBarclays
LBO'd operator of 31 acute care hospitals.



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IPO Market Snapshot
The Renaissance IPO Indices are market cap weighted baskets of newly public companies. As of 12/6/18, the Renaissance IPO Index was down 8% year-to-date, while the S&P 500 had a gain of 3%. Renaissance Capital's IPO ETF ( IPO ) tracks the index, and top ETF holdings include VICI Properties (VICI) and Spotify (SPOT). The Renaissance International IPO Index was down 17% year-to-date, while the ACWX was down 12%. Renaissance Capital's International IPO ETF ( IPOS ) tracks the index, and top ETF holdings include innogy and Siemens Healthineers.




The article US IPO Weekly Recap: Biggest biotech breaks in 3-IPO week originally appeared on IPO investment manager Renaissance Capital's web site renaissancecapital.com.

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Referenced Symbols: IPO , IPOS , MRNA , THOR , MOGU



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