Many people think the initial public offering (IPO) market is dead. If you’ve been reading my essays, you know I specialize in IPOs. And I don’t want to spoil the punchline, but… I love that this rumor has taken hold.
I love that the average guy thinks IPOs are dead. Because it means hunting for big IPO profits is “contrarian.” And the biggest profits usually flow into the pockets of investors who can think independently of the crowd…
I can tell you with 100% certainty that not only is the IPO market alive and well… 2020 is shaping up to be the “Year of the IPO.”
Let me show you…
2019 Has Been a Good Year for IPOs
18 private companies have gone public, and that number grows by the day.
Why would anyone think the IPO market is toast? Well, as you likely know, a handful of big, hyped-up IPOs have flopped.
I’m sure you heard about Uber (UBER). The ride-sharing company went public in May at a staggering $82 billion valuation. It was ridiculously overvalued.
Not surprisingly, its stock fell straight off a cliff:
Lyft (LYFT) has fared even worse. It’s plummeted 48% since its highly publicized IPO in April. Peloton (PTON) and SmileDirectClub (SDC) also suffered poor IPOs, which I warned was likely.
And don’t get me started on WeWork, which failed to even get its IPO out the door.
Mainstream Financial TV Loves Going on and on about Failed Big IPOs
I get it. It’s like an accident on the side of the highway. Everyone slows down to see the carnage.
But just like a car crash, failed IPOs are nothing more than a distraction. A distraction from great money-making opportunities.
You probably know about Beyond Meat (BYND) by now, which got its15 minutes of fame earlier this year when it soared 859% in less than three months.
But when’s the last time you heard CNBC talk about CrowdStrike (CRWD)?
CrowdStrike is a cybersecurity technology company that went public in June. Cybersecurity isn’t a sexy business, so, its IPO didn’t get much press.
But it should have. CrowdStrike’s share price has tripled two months after going public.
Shockwave Medical’s (SWAV) explosive IPO has also been overlooked. Shockwave is a medical services device company that went public in March. Its share priced zoomed more than 300% during its first three months.
Keep in Mind, the S&P 500 Is up 8% over the Past Year
Even if you’d bought just one of these big winners, you’d be blowing the average investor out of the water.
Of course, anyone can “cherry pick” a few big gains to prove a point. So let me give you the full picture…
Since October 2017, 21 IPOs are still up at least 100%. I emphasize still because markets have been a little shaky lately. But not nearly shaky enough to erase all those triple-digit IPO gains.
The best of this bunch delivered returns of 1,393%, 535%, 433%, and 315%.
And you didn’t have to do anything special to grab these gains. You didn’t have to be a venture capitalist, a Wall Street insider, or a “high-roller” client of Goldman Sachs.
If you had a brokerage account, these profits were available to you. All you had to do was buy these stocks shortly after their IPO day.
Still, Some Folks Think Uber or WeWork “Killed” the IPO Market
These folks are…
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