4 IPO Pricings Following Wednesday's 3 Positive Debuts

by: Renaissance Capital IPO Research

Four IPOs opened for trading Thursday following Wednesday's three positive debuts. With three additional deals on the IPO calendar for Friday, this week's 10 IPOs could be the busiest week since December 2010.

CafePress, which has e-commerce sites where customers create, buy and sell personalized products, raised $86 million by offering 4.5 million shares at $19, above the range of $16 to $18. CafePress listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol PRSS. J.P. Morgan and Jefferies acted as joint bookrunners on the deal.

Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, which uses its Network Biology system to discover and develop cancer treatments, raised $100 million by offering 14.3 million shares at $7 on Wednesday evening. The Cambridge, MA-based company had originally planned to offer 16.67 million shares at a range of $8-$10 but postponed its offering in mid-January before making a second attempt to go public at the revised terms. J.P. Morgan acted as lead managers on the IPO, and the stock commenced trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol MACK.

Millennial Media, the second largest mobile advertising platform in the US, raised $133 million by offering 10.2 million shares (10% insider) at $13, the high end of its upwardly revised $11 to $13 range. The company originally planned to offer its shares at $9 to $11. Millennial Media trades on the NYSE under the symbol MM. Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital acted as lead underwriters on the deal.

Rexnord, which manufactures gears, couplings, bearings and water management products, raised $426 million by offering 23.7 million shares at $18, the low end of the $18-$20 range. Rexnord listed on the NYSE under the symbol RXN. BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Barclays were the lead underwriters on the deal.

Fast-growing organic and natural food company Annie's (NYSE:BNNY) soared 89% in its market debut Wednesday, giving it the best first-day pop since LinkedIn in May 2011 (109% first day return). The company, known for its macaroni and cheese and cheddar bunnies, has benefited from increasing demand for healthy food options. The consumer brand has evidently also whetted investors' appetites, making it the fifth best performing IPO this year.

Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA), which provides a mobile communications platform for hospitals and healthcare facilities, also posted an impressive 31% first day return Wednesday after pricing its IPO above the proposed range at $16. Subprime installment lender Regional Management (NYSE:RM) closed up 10% on its first day.

The US IPO market is off to a very good start in 2012 with 36 IPOs year-to-date. The FTSE Renaissance IPO Index is up 19% vs. the S&P 500's 12% return.

Friday's expected IPOs all have ties to the energy industry. Luca Technologies Inc. (LUCA), which uses biotechnology to create and produce coalbed methane (natural gas), plans to raise $102 million. Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH), which is a leading provider of microinverter solutions for the solar industry, slashed its price range and now plans to raise $47 million in IPO proceeds, 41% less than previously anticipated. GasLog (NYSE:GLOG), which operates 14 carriers for natural gas shipping, plans to raise $400 million.

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