The IPO Class of 2012

In 2011, tech company’s such as LinkedIn, Pandora, Groupon, and Zynga had their Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the stock market. Most of them didn’t do well for public investors after intial pop. In 2012 Facebook is rumored to be the biggest public offering of the decade with a valuation of $100 Billion. Checkout list of companies set to go public for 2012 below.

Fisker Automotive

The interest in electric vehicles typically ebbs and flows with the price of oil. With crude back to $100/barrel levels Fisker, maker of the Karma plug-in, could follow the path of Tesla Motors, which listed in 2010.


While rival Groupon lost the bulk of its first-day pop in short order, some calmness in the broader market could bring competitors for the daily deal site to market. Living Social is one of the most prominent, while less directly-related companies including Gilt Group are also the subject of chatter among market watchers.


Digital storage competitor Carbonite went public in 2011, and a Dropbox offering could be on the horizon. The company caught the eye of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs back in 2009 and after raising another $250 million in October, the company’s growth trajectory could be headed toward the public market sooner rather than later.


Competitor Zillow has had a less-than-stellar run since its July debut, but that does not seem to be standing in the way of real estate search site Trulia. The company recently hired PayPal/eBay veteran Sean Aggarwal as CFO and Scott Darling as general counsel.


A more speculative possibility, Spotfiy is a young company but one generating plenty of buzz for the deals it has been making to deliver on-demand streaming music to its subscribers. Even with the rocky performance of Pandora Media since its June offering, Internet radio is an area that catches investor interest.

Carlyle Group

Founders David Rubenstein, William Conway and Daniel D’Aniello are looking to join the ranks of fellow billionaires that took companies public. The performance of such stocks — including Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone and Leon Black’s Apollo – has been mediocre, but that likely won’t stop Carlyle’s listing.

Ally Financial

Formerly known as GMAC, the bank with a focus on auto financing delayed its $6 billion IPO and could be the big public offering for the U.S. Treasury in 2012. Uncle Sam still owns the bulk of Ally and could look for a return on its bailout investments after selling pieces of General Motors and AIG over the past two years.


A measured approach to growth – revenue is steadily improving and losses are steadily shrinking – could generate more confidence in this online review site’s ability to weather continued volatility in the market, and create an appetite for the IPO plans it filed with the SEC in November.

Kayak Software

The travel site’s offering has been in the IPO pipeline for more than a year, but the recent spinoff of TripAdvisor from Expedia means the latter may be a more comparable peer. Its performance may be a better gauge by which investors can measure Kayak and help get the company’s IPO off the tarmac and into the air.



The social network has been a rumored IPO candidate for years, but its rapid growth and profitability have meant it never needed to tap the public markets for capital. That hasn’t changed, but the company is likely beyond the 500-shareholder threshold at which certain financial data has to be made public, which might be the final push that nudges Mark Zuckerberg into filing a long-awaited S-1.


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