Workday IPO Surges Over 70%

Workday IPO Surges Over 70%
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The initial public offering IPO of  Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY), a cloud-based software provider, proves that the confidence of investors in the initial public offerings market (IPO) is returning.

The shares of Workday Inc (NYSE:DAY) climbed by more than 70 percent in its initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The company raised $637 million, after selling 22.8 million shares at $28 per share, higher than the $24 to $26 per share expected price offering.

Workday IPO Surges Over 70%

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The company recorded $119.5 million in revenues during the past six months, ending in July, two times higher than its $47.3 million revenue during the same period in 2011.

Workday is the fifth company that showed an enormous gain in stock value, after the four IPOs, which soared more than 20 percent on Thursday. The stock value of Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY) increased by 24 percent to $33.55 per share; Shutterstock Inc Com USD0.01 (NYSE:SSTK) increased by 29 percent to $22 per share; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:KYTH) rose by 23 percent to $19.79 per share; and Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ICPT) surged by 29 percent to $19.40 per share.

Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY) is the largest real estate services company by revenue in the United States. Analysts believed that the company gained due to investors’ confidence on the recovery housing market. The company raised $1.08 billion, after selling 40 million shares at a price range of $23 to $27 per share.

According to analytics firm Dealogic, the initial public offering of Realogy Holdings Corp (NYSE:RLGY) is the largest real estate IPO recorded in the history of United States. Private Equity firm, Apollo Global Management LLC (NYSE:APO) is one of the largest shareholders of Realogy.

Shutterstock is an online market place for digital images. The company raised $76.5 million from selling 4.5 million shares at $17 per share during its IPO, which is higher than the target price of $13 to $15 per share. Shutterstock’s market value is around $558.3 million.

The company has a collection of more than 20 million licensed photos, illustrations, and videos. Investor’s interest in Shutterstock increased after Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG) agreed to acquire Getty Images for $3.3 billion.

Shutterstock Chief Executive Officer and founder Jon Oringer said he declined offers from entities interested in buying the company. He said, “I’ve had lots of opportunities to do whatever I want to do at Shutterstock, and now we have more flexibility to grow.”

Oringer holds a 57 percent stake, and Venture Partners owns a 21 percent stake in Shutterstock.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ICPT) develops novel synthetic therapeutics for chronic liver diseases. The company raised $75 million after selling 5 million shares at $15 per share during its IPO.

Intercept’s key product is a bile acid, intended to cure a chronic liver disease called biliary primary cirrhosis (PBC). The company expects to receive the result of the clinical trial of the drug in the middle of 2014.

Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:KYTH) sold 4.4 million shares at $16 per share. The company raised $70.4 million in IPO. The company plans to use the funds from its public offering to pay for the late-stage clinical studies for its double-chin treatment, called ATX-101.

The result of the five IPOs was inspiring, since the IPO market had been tepid for several months. The failure of Facebook’s Inc (NASDAQ:FB) IPO brought a negative impact to the IPO market.

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