Investors Care About; 40% First-Day Pop Is Best Of 2014

Jan.26.14 | About:, Inc. (CRCM)

The first technology IPO of the year also posted this year's best first-day gain. (NYSE:CRCM), the largest online marketplace for family care, is the latest in a string of successful tech IPOs, with the previous five (NMBL, ATHM, WBAI, GOMO, ZU) posting an average return of 110%. In fact, since November, of the nine other tech companies to go public, all but one is trading 70% above its IPO price.

However, IPOs in general have not fared as well this year. Excluding, the average first-day return has been a relatively weak 3%. Outside of Care, only one IPO in 2013 (GlycoMimetics (NASDAQ:GLYC)) managed to hit the average long-term first-day return of 11-13%. Especially impressive is's performance during the broad market sell-off of the last two days, which saw the stocks of many high-growth / internet names take a hit. raised $91 million on Thursday after pricing at $17 with an initial price range of $14 - $16.

Initial Public Offerings of 2014
Company Ticker Business Deal Size
Return CRCM Online family care marketplace $91 43% 43%
GlycoMimetics GLYC Clinical-stage biotech $56 13% 18%
Cypress Energy Partners LP CELP Energy Co. inspection services $75 7% 15%
Santander Consumer USA SC Subprime auto loans $1,800 5% 1%
Rice Energy RICE Natural gas E&P $924 4% 4%
RSP Permian RSPP Oil and gas E&P $390 3% 3%
CHC Group HELI Helicopters for oil/gas industry $310 -2% -5%
EP Energy EPE Oil and gas E&P $704 -10% -9%
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