Hoover's IPO Scorecard Business Intelligence Reveals Only Slight Growth in 2007

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Recent business intelligence shows the number of U.S. initial public offerings (IPOs) increased just 2% for 2007 compared to 2006. In all, 209 companies went public in 2007 on the stock exchange, compared to 205 in 2006.

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2007 saw a mixed bag of IPOs as far as industry classification goes, but by Q4, investors were showing a strong preference for China-based public offerings, in part due to uncertainty about the overall strength of the U.S. economy

According to recent business intelligence regarding IPOs (initial public offerings), 209 companies went public on the major U.S. stock exchanges in 2007, a 2% increase in the number of IPOs over 2006, as reported today by Hoover's IPO Scorecard. Hoover's, Inc. (http://www.hoovers.com)], a D&B company, provides its customers the fastest path to business with insightful information about companies, industries and key decision makers, along with the powerful tools to find and connect to the right people to get business done.

Year-in-Review from Hoover's IPO Scorecards:

Q1 2007: According to business intelligence from Hoover's, 44 companies went public on the major U.S. stock exchanges this quarter, including National CineMedia, which sells movie theater advertising services. National CineMedia went public in February, raising $798 million. This momentum would appear to continue to build, as both AMC Entertainment and Cinemark Holdings also filed to go public in Q1 2007.

Q2 2007: The silver screen momentum was not to be, as the highly anticipated IPO of Cinemark Holdings took place on the stock exchange in April, but closed down on its first day and continues to trade below its offer price. AMC Entertainment formally withdrew its scheduled $750 million IPO in mid-June. There were 57 IPOs this quarter, including the $1.3 billion IPO of cell phone operator MetroPCS Communication in April, and June's $4.1 billion IPO of The Blackstone Group, a massive private equity firm that owns stakes in more than 40 companies; it became the sixth largest IPO in U.S. history.

Q3 2007: Thirty-eight companies held their IPOs on the stock exchange this quarter, including VMWare, which debuted in August. The company claimed the best first-day gain of 2007 (closing up 76%), but was quickly overtaken by athenahealth's September IPO, which closed up 97% on its first day. In addition, five companies that filed to go public this quarter filed to raise more than $1 billion each, including Classmates Media Corporation, which runs the Classmates.com site.

Q4 2007: Seventy companies went public this quarter, but turbulence in the broader market kicked in, leading to reduced pricing, skittish investors and IPO postponements and withdrawals, according to business intelligence from Hoover's. Classmates Media Corporation was one of those withdrawals, pulling the plug on its IPO because of market conditions. The highly anticipated IPO of on-demand software firm NetSuite Inc. (backed by Oracle Corp.'s CEO Larry Ellison) took place the week before Christmas in a Dutch auction-style offering. The auction format led to high bids, causing the company to open flat with its offer price, at $26 per share, but it closed up 37% above that at the end of the first day.

"2007 saw a mixed bag of IPOs as far as industry classification goes, but by Q4, investors were showing a strong preference for China-based public offerings, in part due to uncertainty about the overall strength of the U.S. economy," said Tim Walker, Hoover's industry expert. "With mortgage sector woes and prospects of slower economic growth in the U.S., investors began looking overseas. In fact, twenty-percent of the IPOs in Q4 were China-based and many posted double-digit first-day gains."

Hoover's delivers business intelligence via comprehensive insight and analysis about the companies, industries and people you need to know and analyzes the IPO market daily to produce the quarterly IPO Scorecard. Each IPO Scorecard includes an assortment of facts selected by Hoover's editors for those following the IPO market, including the best- and worst-performing IPOs, the biggest one-day jumps and drops in the first day of stock exchange trading, and a breakdown of IPOs by industry sector.

Please see the attached table for details about the best first-day gain and worst first-day drop, as well as a list of the top 10 best-returning IPOs for Q4 2007.

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Hoover's, a D&B company, provides its customers the fastest path to business by delivering business intelligence and insightful information about companies, industries and key decision makers, along with the powerful tools to find and connect to the right people to get business done. Hoover's provides this information for sales, marketing, business development, and other professionals who need intelligence on U.S. and global companies, industries, and the people who lead them. Hoover's unique combination of editorial expertise and one-of-a-kind data collection with user-generated and company-supplied content gives customers a 360-degree view and competitive edge. This information, along with powerful tools to search, sort, download and integrate the content, is available through Hoover's (http://www.hoovers.com), the company's premier online service. Hoover's is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

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