Four companies raised a combined $1.8 billion in the public markets this week, with three posting first-day returns greater than 50%.
CrowdStrike Holdings ( CRWD ) , a provider of cloud-native endpoint security software for large enterprises, raised $612 million by offering 18.0 million shares at $34, 62% above its original midpoint. That is the largest price increase since Splunk went public in 2012 and priced its IPO at an 89% premium. Despite pricing well above its revised range, CrowdStrike had a first day pop of 71% and closed the week with a 99% overall return.
Fiverr International ( FVRR ) , an online marketplace to hire and manage remote freelancers, also priced above its original range at $21, allowing it to raise $111 million by offering 5.3 million shares. Fiverr's IPO led the way this week with a first day pop of 90%, before dropping 21% on Friday and finishing 50% above offer.
The highly anticipated Chewy ( CHWY ) IPO also achieved an impressive feat: with a first day pop of 59%, it is the largest first day return for a billion-dollar IPO since Twitter's 73% pop in 2013. Chewy, which is being spun out of PetSmart, is the largest US online retailer of pet food and supplies. The company raised $1 billion by offering 46.5 million shares at $22, 22% above its original midpoint. The e-tailer's IPO was well-received on its first day, despite being unprofitable and having a messy governance picture with PetSmart.
Growth is driving the high demand for these richly-priced IPOs. CrowdStrike, Fiverr, and Chewy boast year-over-year growth of 110%, 45%, and 68%, respectively, and despite all three companies pricing at a premium, investors are still willing to bite.
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| 4 IPOs During the Week of June 10th, 2019 |
|Market Cap |
|Price vs. |
|First Day |
| CrowdStrike ( CRWD ) ||$612M ||$7,681M ||62% ||+71% ||+89% |
| Provides cloud-native endpoint security software for large enterprises. |
| Chewy ( CHWY ) ||$1,023M ||$9,402M ||22% ||+59% ||+59% |
| Largest US online retailer of pet food and supplies being spun out of PetSmart. |
| Fiverr International ( FVRR ) ||$111M ||$705M ||11% ||+90% ||+50% |
| Online marketplace to hire and manage remote freelancers. |
| Mohawk Group (MWK) ||$36M ||$178M ||-33% ||+0% ||-15% |
| Sells consumer products based on market data gathered using its AI platform. |
, the second blank check company founded by dealmaker and former Citi executive Michael Klein, was the only company that submitted an initial filing this past week.
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| 1 Filing During the Week of June 10th, 2019 |
|Sector ||Lead |
| Churchill Capital Corp II (CCCT.RC) ||$400M ||SPAC ||Citi |
| Second blank check company founded by dealmaker and former Citi executive Michael Klein. |
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