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May 20, 2009 | Tom Petruno
This is just what online restaurant-reservations firm OpenTable Inc. wants to see: More hungry customers than it has seats to offer. Apparently strong investor interest in the firm's initial public stock offering spurred its underwriters Tuesday to raise the price range for the deal to $16 to $18 a share, from $12 to $14. The offering is expected to be priced sometime this week.
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BUSINESS
January 6, 2009 | Bloomberg News
The recession brought the U.S. market for initial public stock offerings to a halt in the fourth quarter, closing the worst year for IPOs since 1977, the National Venture Capital Assn. said Monday. No companies backed by venture capitalists went public in the fourth quarter, and only six staged IPOs in all of 2008, the association said. Emerging businesses also had trouble merging with larger companies, with just 37 venture-backed firms selling themselves in the fourth quarter.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Digital Domain, one of Hollywood's top special-effects shops, is ramping up its plans to go public. The Venice-based creator of effects for films including "Titanic," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" and "Transformers," hopes to sell 6 million shares at $12 to $14 each, according to an updated prospectus filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company was bought in May 2006 for a reported $35 million by an investor group that included director Michael Bay. The plans for an initial public offering were first disclosed in December.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Shares of MRV Communications Inc., a Chatsworth-based maker of fiber optic equipment, rose the most in more than four years after its Source Photonics unit announced plans to raise as much as $130 million in an initial public offering. MRV advanced 44 cents, or 21%, to $2.50, the biggest gain since July 2003. The shares have fallen 29% this year. Source Photonics makes equipment that helps companies offer services such as streaming video and Internet calling.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
NetSuite Inc., a software maker majority-owned by Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison, raised $161.2 million in an initial public offering after increasing the price of the stock three times. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company, whose programs handle accounting and other tasks over the Internet, sold 6.2 million shares for $26 each. The deal's managers can sell 930,000 more shares if there's enough demand.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Visa, the biggest U.S. credit card network, plans to raise $10 billion in an initial public offering. Visa said it would deposit a portion of the company's proceeds into an escrow account to pay settlements or judgments related to litigation. The offering is expected to be the biggest of the year. Visa is following in the footsteps of rival MasterCard, which has more than quadrupled in market value since it went public in May.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
China's stock mania intensified Tuesday as Alibaba.com Ltd., operator of the country's largest online trading site for companies, almost tripled on its first day after an initial public offering in Hong Kong. The frenzy for the stock pushed the price to a level that made it four times more expensive than Google Inc. relative to earnings. The Alibaba offering followed the Shanghai debut of PetroChina Co. on Monday.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2007 | From Reuters
NetSuite Inc., a software maker controlled by Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison that has filed to go public, said Tuesday that Ellison had agreed to reduce his influence at the company. The move addresses concerns that shareholders who invest in the initial public offering would not have had much say in how the company is run, given Ellison's large stake in NetSuite.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Shares of Pzena Investment Management, which manages assets of $30.6 billion for clients including John Hancock mutual funds, rose 12% in the stock's first day of trading. The stock closed Thursday at $20.09, up $2.09, after climbing to $22.25 earlier in the day. Pzena raised $109.8 million by selling 6.1 million Class A shares at $18 apiece late Wednesday. Insiders retain a controlling stake through Class B stock.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Virgin Mobile USA Inc. shares rose 5% in their market debut Thursday as concerns about the cellphone service's growth prospects prompted one analyst to give it a "sell" rating. The venture of Sprint Nextel Corp. and Richard Branson's Virgin Group raised $412.5 million in its initial public offering, selling 27.5 million shares for $15 apiece, at the low end of a forecast range of $15 to $17. The stock initially rose 11% to $16.63 before retreating to close at $15.75.
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