US IPO Weekly Recap: Lyft makes its debut

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All eyes were on Lyft ( LYFT ) as it priced its IPO, along with two biotechs, Genfit ( GNFT ) and Precision BioSciences ( DTIL ), in a week that saw positive IPO returns across the board.

8i Enterprises Acquisition (JFKKU) a blank check targeting a high-growth business in Asia also priced its IPO this week.

4 IPOs During the Week of March 25th, 2019
Market Cap
at IPO
Price vs.
First Day
at 03/29
Genfit ( GNFT ) $135M $770M 0% +9% +18%
Phase 3 French biotech developing therapies for NASH.
Precision BioSciences ( DTIL ) $126M $870M 0% +9% +12%
Early stage biotech developing off-the-shelf CAR T cell cancer therapies.
Lyft ( LYFT ) $2,340M $24,417M 11% +9% +9%
Operates an on-demand ridesharing app that connects riders and drivers.
8i Enterprises Acq. (JFKKU) $50M $65M 0% 0% +0%
Blank check company backed by 8i Capital and targeting a high-growth business in Asia.

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Lyft ( LYFT ) raised $2.3 billion in an upsized offering by selling 32.5 million shares at $72, the high end of the upwardly revised $70 to $72 range. The company had previously filed to offer 30.8 million shares at a range of $62 to $68. The company debuted on the Nasdaq at $86.70 (+20% from IPO) before pulling back to $78.29 by the end of the day (+8.7% from IPO), suggesting that Wall Street will be somewhat cautious on highly valued unicorns that are also highly unprofitable.

Genfit ( GNFT ), a Phase 3 NASH biotech that also trades on the Euronext Paris, raised $135 million at a market cap of $770 million. The company gained 9% on its first day of trading, and ended the week up 18% from its IPO. While NASH therapies have yet to be approved by the FDA, Genfit is coming to market during a time where its peers have been trading well on positive trial results. 

Precision BioSciences  ( DTIL ), an early stage cancer biotech raised $126 million at a market cap of $870 million. The company gained 9% on its first day of trading, and ended the week up 12% from its IPO. 

IPO Market Snapshot
The Renaissance IPO Indices are market cap weighted baskets of newly public companies. As of 3/28/19, the Renaissance IPO Index was up 30.4% year-to-date, while the S&P 500 had a gain of 12.9%. Renaissance Capital's IPO ETF ( IPO ) tracks the index, and top ETF holdings include Elanco (ELAN) and VICI Properties (VICI). The Renaissance International IPO Index was up 7.5% year-to-date, while the ACWX was up 9.7%. Renaissance Capital's International IPO ETF ( IPOS ) tracks the index, and top ETF holdings include SoftBank and Xiaomi.

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Referenced Symbols: IPO , IPOS , LYFT , GNFT , DTIL

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