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Top 10 Largest Company IPOs Of The 2018

In the United States we saw 173 companies go public in the first three quarters of 2018. By the end of the year the total number of companies reached the number of 191 and raised $46.8 billion. It seems that the year 2018, exceeded the 2017 the 181 IPOs filed in 2017, as well as 2016’s 102 IPOs.

According to Renaissance Capital, IPO activities rose by 42 percent year-over-year in the first 10 months of the year, but they declined by 66 percent in the last two months of the year.

The leading companies that have gone public this year are in the healthcare sector or in the tech sector. Many of these companies have been very successful in raising capital and rewarding early investors. Any company that manages to go public is considered to have a huge success. Most companies decide on doing so in order to raise money. Also, this way they spread the ownership risk across a larger group of investors.

Going public has proved to be a great strategy for companies to raise money. For instance, Visa, the credit card giant, raised $17.9 billion in capital with its 2008 IPO, while in 2012, Facebook raised $16.0 billion.

What’s interesting about this year’s IPOs is that it was a great year for biotechs. Also, the number of US domestic tech companies that went public decreased, while almost half of the 10 largest IPOs were Chinese. This was due to weak market conditions in China that drove Chinese companies to raise money in the U.S.

We’re ranking now the IPOs with a total offer amount of half a billion dollars or more at the time of their pricing. These companies all trade on the NASDAQ or NYSE exchanges.

So far, the average performance of this year’s IPOs has been poor due to the stock market sell-off that began in late September/early October, according to Kennedy. Shares of companies that went public this year had averaged a 5% gain through December 13, well below the five-year average of 20%, Renaissance data show.

10. World Gold Trust (GLDM)

World Gold Trust is the largest backed gold exchange traded fund in the world. What they do is offer investors an innovative, and try to provide them with as much cost-efficient way to access the gold market as possible.

Sector: Financials
Offer amount: $1.0 billion ($12.98 per share)
Pricing date: 6/26/2018
Current share price: $12.22

9. Vici Properties Inc. (VICI)

Vici Properties is a real estate investment trust based in NYC. They specialize in casino properties and they own 22 casinos and racetracks, as well as 4 golf courses.

Sector: Financials
Offer amount: $1.2 billion ($20.00 per share)
Pricing date: 2/1/2018
Current share price: $21.81

8. StoneCo Ltd. (STNE)

StoneCo Ltd. is a company based in Brazil that offers financial technology solutions. They provide cloud-based technology platform for electronic commerce, online and mobile channels and across in-store too.

Sector: Technology
Offer amount: $1.2 billion ($24.00 per share)
Pricing date: 10/25/2018
Current share price: $22.58

7. ADT Inc. (ADT)

ADT Inc. is an American company with headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. They provide residential and small business electronic security, fire protection and other related alarm monitoring services across 35 countries.

Sector: Consumer Services
Offer amount: $1.5 billion ($14.00 per share)
Pricing date: 1/19/2018
Current share price: $7.73

6. Elanco Animal Health Inc. (ELAN)

The first biotech and pharma company to be found on this list operates as an animal health care company. They develop, produce and market products for pet and animal food.

Sector: Health Care
Offer amount: $1.5 billion ($24.00 per share)
Pricing date: 9/20/2018
Current share price: $33.01

5. Pinduoduo Inc. (PDD)

Pinduoduo is a Chinese e-commerce platform that offers a wide range of online merchandise.

Sector: Technology
Offer amount: $1.6 billion ($19.00 per share)
Pricing date: 7/26/2018
Current share price: $21.80

4. IQIYI, Inc. (IQ)

IQIYI, Inc. is a company that provides a platform of online entertainment services in China. It provides a collection of video content, and it also operates movie theaters in China.

Sector: Consumer Goods
Offer amount: $2.3 billion ($18.00 per share)
Pricing date: 3/29/2018
Current share price: $20.12

3. Pagseguro Digital Ltd. (PAGS)

PagSeguro Digital provides financial technology services to clients in Brazil and the United States. They offer multiple digital payment solutions, as well as in-person payments through point of sales devices and prepaid cards services.

Sector: Technology
Offer amount: $2.3 billion ($21.50 per share)
Pricing date: 1/24/2018
Current share price: $22.17

2. AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. (EQH)

AXA Equitable Holdings provide various financial services worldwide such as Individual retirement, group retirement, investment management and research, and protection solutions.

Sector: Financials
Offer amount: $2.7 billion ($20.00 per share)
Pricing date: 5/10/2018
Current share price: $20.04

1. Spotify Technology S.A. (SPOT)

Spotify is the company known for it’s music streaming services. They offer commercial free music and ad-supported services to subscribers worldwide.

Sector: Technology
Offer amount: $9.2 billion ($165.90 per share)
Pricing date: 4/3/2018
Current share price: $136.19

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