AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- 233 companies went public on the
major U.S. stock exchanges in 2004, a 195% increase in the number of IPOs over
2003, according to Hoover's, Inc., a leading provider of business information
and publisher of Hoover's Online (http://www.hoovers.com ). Hoover's
quarterly IPO Scorecard (http://www.hoovers.com/ipo/scorecard ) also reported
there were more IPOs in 2004 than in 2002 and 2003 combined. The 233 IPOs
offered on the NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX in 2004 raised $43 billion, compared to
79 IPOs in 2003, which raised $16 billion.
Year-in-Review from Hoover's IPO Scorecards
Q1 2004: The majority of Q1 IPOs priced in at the high end of estimates
and closed up on their first day of trading. By the end of the quarter, there
were twice as many IPOs than in the first six months of 2003.
Q2 2004: By the end of this quarter, the number of IPOs had already
surpassed the total for all of 2003. General Electric spinoff Genworth
Financial became the year's biggest IPO in terms of money raised.
Q3 2004: Even though many of this quarter's IPOs priced below their
estimated per share range, the third quarter also saw the long-anticipated
public offering from Google Inc., which continues to trade up.
Q4 2004: This quarter saw both the busiest week (December 13) and busiest
month (October) for IPOs since Q3 2000. More companies went public this
quarter than in all of 2002 or 2003.
Additional Findings from Hoover's IPO Scorecard for Q4 2004:
* Top Ten Best-Returning IPOs for Q4: Offer Q4 Close Return
Interchange Corporation $8.00 $18.14 127%
CoTherix, Inc. $6.00 $11.92 99%
IntraLase Corp. $13.00 $23.48 81%
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. $20.00 $35.15 76%
FoxHollow Technologies, Inc. $14.00 $24.59 76%
Las Vegas Sands Corp. $29.00 $48.00 66%
Shopping.com, Ltd. $18.00 $28.25 57%
MarketAxes Holdings Inc. $11.00 $17.01 55%
Advance America, Cash Advance
Centers, Inc. $15.00 $22.90 53%
PlanetOut Inc. $9.00 $13.60 51%
* Best First-Day Gain: Arbinet-thexchange, Inc. 66%
Worst First-Day Drop: China Finance Online Co. Limited -10%
* Las Vegas Sands Corp., which closed up 61% on its first day of trading
and continues to trade up, became the first IPO from a U.S. casino
operator since October 2002. Sheldon Adelson's majority stake in the
owner and operator of the Venetian Casino Resort makes him a
billionaire 11 times over.
"While the IPO market virtually shuts down from mid-December to mid-
January, the fourth quarter of this year still managed to break a lot of IPO
records, paving the way for a busy 2005," said Rachel Brush, Hoover's VP and
managing editor. "A number of well-known deals hit the market in 2004,
including Google, CB Richard Ellis Group, salesforce.com, Domino's Pizza and
DreamWorks Animation. The top three IPO industry sectors for 2004 in terms of
IPO pricings were Biopharmaceuticals & Biotherapeutics, Medical Devices, and
Mortgage & Investment REITs."
Hoover's provides continuously updated information about thousands of
private and public companies worldwide and analyzes the IPO market daily to
produce the quarterly IPO Scorecard, a regular wrap-up of IPO activity,
released on the IPO Central section of Hoover's Online. 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 and
the biggest one-day jumps and drops in the first day of trading. Hoover's
also produces a weekly IPO Update newsletter, accessible via IPO Central
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