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Based in Fort Worth, TX, Athlon Energy (NYSE:ATHL) scheduled a $300 IPO with a market capitalization of $1.6 billion at a price point mid-range of $19, for Friday, August 2, 2013.

Six other IPOs were scheduled for the week of July 29. The full IPO calendar can be found at IPOpremium.

  • S-1 filed July 22, 2013
  • Manager, Joint Managers: Citigroup; Goldman; BofA Merrill; UBS; Wells Fargo
  • Co-Managers: Barclays; Credit Suisse; RBC; Scotiabank - Howard Weil; Tudor, Pickering; Apollo Global Securities; CIBC; Credit Agricole CIB; FBR; Lebenthal Capital; Mitsubishi UFJ Securities; Simmons; Stephens


ATHL is an exploration and production company, with oil currently contributing over 80% of revenue.


A significant portion of ATHL's historical growth has been achieved through acquisitions. Since ATHL's inception in August 2010, ATHL has completed two significant acquisitions and seven bolt-on acquisitions.


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Jones Energy (NYSE:JONE)







JONE IPO'd July 25, at $15, which was 17% below price range mid-point, and traded recently below $14. ATHL wants to IPO at a significant premium to JONE, which might make IPO buyers nervous. ATHL is mostly in oil.


However, recent oil prices are trending up, so the rating on ATHL neutral to positive at the price range mid-point.

To put the above conclusions and observations in context, the following is reorganized, edited, and summarized from the full S-1.


Principal stockholders are the Apollo Funds, which will own 68% post-IPO.

Use of proceeds
ATHL expects to net $279 million from its IPO. ATHL will purchase units from the operating company, which will use the money to repay debt. ATHL is a shell company expecting to receive dividends from the operating company.

Disclaimer: This ATHL IPO report is based on a reading and analysis of ATHL's S-1 filing, which can be found here, and a separate, independent analysis by There are no unattributed direct quotes in this article.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Source: IPO Preview: Athlon Energy