Hoover's IPO Scorecard Business Information Reveals Major Decline in 2008

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Recent business information shows the number of U.S. initial public offerings (IPOs) decreased 85% for 2008 compared to 2007. In all, 31 companies went public in 2008 on the stock exchange, compared to 209 in 2007.

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It makes no sense for any company, large or small, to go public any time soon in this climate. And even if the broader stock market starts to turn upward, the IPO market will likely languish several months behind, at least, before it follows suit.

According to recent business information regarding IPOs (initial public offerings), 31 companies went public on the major U.S. stock exchanges in 2008, an 85% decrease in the number of IPOs over 2007, as revealed today by Hoover's IPO Scorecard. The 31 IPOs offered on the NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX in 2008 raised $24.1 billion, compared to 209 IPOs in 2007, which raised $48.6 billion.

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

Q1 2008: According to business information from Hoover's, there were just 12 IPOs in Q1, a 73% decrease from Q1 2007. While Q1 2008 IPOs raised $18.9 billion, Visa's mega-IPO led the charge, contributing $17.9 billion of the total. Visa priced above its expected range in March 2008, becoming the largest IPO ever for a U.S. company, knocking AT&T Wireless' 2000 IPO of $10.6 billion to the #2 spot. This quarter also began to usher in rampant IPO withdrawals and postponements due to investor concerns over the economy.

Q2 2008: The 13 IPOs on the stock exchange in Q2 raised $4.2 billion and represented a 77% decrease from Q2 2007. Investor skittishness continued amid subprime mortgage losses, rising oil prices, a slowing economy, tighter credit markets, recession fears and the impending presidential election. Less than half of this quarter's IPOs finished Q2 with positive returns.

Q3 2008: The five IPOs on the stock exchange this quarter raised just $917 million, reflecting an 87% decrease from Q3 2007. Out of these five IPOs, only one managed a positive return by the end of the quarter. September saw no IPOs at all, leading to a bad outlook heading into Q4 2008.

Q4 2008: There were no IPOs in either October or December, and only one in November - Grand Canyon Education - which priced lower than expected but is currently trading up more than 50% from its offering price, according to business information from Hoover's. Other Q4 findings include:

  •     Oil recycler Safety-Kleen shelved its IPO plans indefinitely due to market conditions, while KKR delayed its IPO plans until later in 2009.
  •     Retail/consumer IPOs were affected by the unstable economy - AMC Entertainment and Del Frisco's Restaurant Group scrapped their IPO plans altogether, while Italian luxury brands Ferragamo and Prada both announced they would put their IPOs on hold.

"The current state of the IPO market should come as no shock. The writing has been on the wall since the latter part of 2007 when investors started becoming more concerned about mortgage sector woes and the slowing economy," said Tim Walker, Hoover's industry expert. "It makes no sense for any company, large or small, to go public any time soon in this climate. And even if the broader stock market starts to turn upward, the IPO market will likely languish several months behind, at least, before it follows suit."

Hoover's delivers business information via comprehensive insight and analysis about the more than 28 million private and public companies worldwide, as well as information about industries and the people you need to know. Hoover's analyzes the IPO market daily to produce the quarterly IPO Scorecard. Each IPO Scorecard includes an assortment of facts selected by Hoover's editors, including best- and worst-performing IPOs, biggest one-day jumps and drops in the first day of stock exchange trading, and a breakdown by industry sector.

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