IPO News and Updates


Ocular Therapeutix, which develops eye therapies using a sustained-release hydrogel platform, raised $65 million by offering 5 million shares at $13, below the range of $14 to $16. Ocular Therapeutix plans to list on the NASDAQ under the symbol OCUL. Ocular Therapeutix initially filed confidentially on 4/29/2014. Morgan Stanley, Cowen & Company and RBC Capital Markets acted as lead managers on the deal.

Keywords: OCUL

7/24/14 Analyst IPO Blog

Two of the four IPOs on Thursday broke issue after pricing below the range. Less than a quarter of IPOs in the past three months have traded down on the first day. 

The top performer, Intersect ENT (XENT), priced at the low end and gained 18%. The company boasted impressive backers, high growth and more nasal implants in the pipeline. Immune Design (IMDZ), an early-stage biotech focused on immunotherapy to treat cancer, priced at the low end of the range and remained there by the end of the day.

Townsquare Media (TSQ), which operates 312 radio stations in mid-sized markets, priced 27% below the midpoint and ended the day down 7%. The company was brought out of bankruptcy by Oaktree Capital in a 2010 LBO. Radio stations, like newspapers, have struggled to maintain market share when competing with digital media. Pfenex (PFNX) was priced 54% below the midpoint and then fell 12%. It targets the lucrative wet AMD market, but the company is several years away from receiving FDA approval. 

Wednesday's microcap IPO Medical Transcription Billing (MTBC) also broke issue after pricing at half of the original range. It and Pfenex are among the year's highest-discounted offerings.

Thursday IPOs
Company (Ticker)                                Business                                                               Deal Size ($mm) IPO Price vs. Midpoint First Day Pop
Intersect ENT (XENT) Absorbable nasal implants $55 -8% 18%
Immune Design (IMDZ) Biotech: Immunotherapy for cancer $60 -8% 0%
Townsquare Media (TSQ) Oaktree-backed radio stations $92 -27% -7%
Pfenex (PFNX) Biotech: Wet AMD eye therapy $50 -54% -12%



Advanced Drainage Systems, the world's largest provider of high density plastic pipe used in construction, raised $232 million by offering 14.5 million shares (64% insider) at $16, below the $17-$19 range. At its offer price and giving effect for 20.1 million shares that are convertible from its ESOP, Advanced Drainage now commands a $1.2 billion market cap and a $1.6 billion enterprise value. Advanced Drainage Systems will list on the NYSE under the symbol WMS. Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Citi and RBC Capital Markers acted as joint bookrunners on the deal.

Keywords: WMS


El Pollo Loco Holdings, a Tex-Mex fast food chain with 401 locations primarily in California, raised $107 million by offering 7.1 million shares at $15, the high end of the range of $13-$15. El Pollo Loco Holdings plans to list on the NASDAQ under the symbol LOCO. Jefferies & Co., Morgan Stanley and Baird were the bookrunners on the deal.

Keywords: LOCO

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