10 Positive Performing Stock IPOs of the Past Year

Following is information on the 10 best-performing IPOs of the past year.

  1. Molycorp (NYSE:MCP): This company had its IPO on 7/28/10, and its offer price was $14.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $64.02, for a return of 357%. The company has been public for 10.2 months. About the company: Molycorp, Inc. produces rare earth minerals.  The Company produces rare earth products, including oxides, metals, alloys and magnets for a variety of applications including clean energy technologies, technology, and defense applications. Competitors to Watch: Avalon Rare Metals Inc (AMEX:AVL), Thompson Creek Metals Co., Inc. (NYSE:TC), Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX), 3M Company (NYSE:MMM), PolyMet Mining Corp. (AMEX:PLM), General Moly, Inc. (AMEX:GMO) and Thompson Creek Metals Co., Inc. (NYSE:TCM)
  2. Broadsoft (NASDAQ:BSFT): This company had its IPO on 6/15/10, and its offer price was $9.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $37.79, for a return of 320%. The company has been public for 11.6 months. About the company:  BroadSoft Inc. is a global provider of software that enables fixed-line, mobile and cable service providers to deliver voice and multimedia services over their Internet protocol-based, or IP-based, networks.  The Company’s software enables customers to provide enterprises and consumers with a range of cloud-based, or hosted, IP multimedia communications.
  3. Youku.com (NYSE:YOKU): This company had its IPO on 12/07/10, and its offer price was $12.80 per share. The shares most recently traded at $45.04, for a return of 252%. The company has been public for 5.9 months. About the company:  Youku.com Inc. is an Internet television company.  The Company’s Internet television platform enables consumers to search, view and share video content quickly and easily across multiple devices in the People’s Republic of Chine.
  4. Qlik Technologies (NASDAQ:QLIK): This company had its IPO on 7/15/10, and its offer price was $10.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $32.15, for a return of 222%. The company has been public for 10.6 months. About the company:  QLIK Technologies, Inc. develops business intelligence solutions.  The Company’s software platform combines enterprise-class analytics and search functionality into a single platform.
  5. SodaStream International (NASDAQ:SODA): This company had its IPO on 11/02/10, and its offer price was $20.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $56.78, for a return of 184%. The company has been public for 7.0 months. About the company:  SodaStream International Ltd. manufactures home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to transform tap water into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water.  The Company develops, manufactures and sells soda makers and exchangeable carbon dioxide cylinders, as well as consumables, consisting of CO2 refills, reusable carbonation bottles, and flavors.
  6. Vera Bradley (NASDAQ:VRA): This company had its IPO on 10/20/10, and its offer price was $16.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $41.17, for a return of 157%. The company has been public for 7.4 months. About the company:  Vera Bradley, Inc. designs, produces and retails fashion accessories for women.  The Company markets handbags, accessories and travel and leisure items through its chain of retail stores and independent retailers.
  7. RealPage Inc. (NASDAQ:RP): This company had its IPO on 8/11/10, and its offer price was $11.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $27.27, for a return of 148%. The company has been public for 9.7 months. About the company:  RealPage, Inc. provides products and services to the multifamily real estate industry.  The Company’s services include applicant screening, accounting, budgeting, property management, and compliance reporting.  RealPage also develops and delivers proprietary Web-based applications that enhance client information management capabilities.
  8. China Kanghui Holdings (NYSE:KH): This company had its IPO on 8/10/10, and its offer price was $10.25 per share. The shares most recently traded at $23.48, for a return of 129%. The company has been public for 9.8 months. About the company:  China Kanghui Holdings, Inc. manufactures orthopedic medical devices.  The Company produces trauma supplies including nails, plates and screws, and cranial maxillofacial plate and screw systems; and spinal products including screws, meshes, interbody cages, and fixation systems.
  9. Fabrinet (NYSE:FN): This company had its IPO on 6/24/10, and its offer price was $10.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $22.52, for a return of 125%. The company has been public for 11.3 months. About the company:  Fabrinet offers oustourced process engineering and manufacturing services.  The Company contracts to manufacture optical communications, automotive, industrial, and imaging components, sub-assemblies, and modules for its original equipment manufacturer customers.
  10. Oasis Petroleum (NYSE:OAS): This company had its IPO on 6/16/10, and its offer price was $14.00 per share. The shares most recently traded at $28.09, for a return of 101%. The company has been public for 11.6 months. About the company:  Oasis Petroleum, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional oil and natural gas resources.

(Note: Data are sourced from here, and are assumed to be accurate.)

Some interesting data for the statistically inclined about the universe of IPOs from the past year: There have been 172 IPOs over the past 12 months, with a median return of 11%, an average return of 22%, a skewness of 2.386, and a kurtosis of 9.249.  As a comparison, the S&P 500 has returned 18.6% over the past year.  This means that, while the average IPO has out-performed the S&P 500, the median IPO, which is more representative of the group (since the group’s returns are not normally distributed), has underperformed the broader market.  For all the risk associated with investing in IPOs, returns have been subpar.

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