2015 was a slow year for the IPO market in the U.S, as it struggled to keep up with the growth exhibited during both 2013 and 2014. While a total of 304 entities were listed on U.S exchanges in 2014, raising $81.7 billion in the process, in 2015 there were only 196 IPOs, which in aggregate raised only $33.6 billion. There was also a noticeable downtrend throughout 2015, as the fourth quarter saw only 35 IPOs, a 22% decline from the the third quarter, while the 80 IPOs in the second half of the year were dwarfed by the 116 in the first half. Nevertheless, there were several hedge funds which made a beeline for the shares of some of the companies that were listed during the October-to-December period. We decided to compile a list of these companies based on their ownership at the end of the fourth quarter among the more than 800 hedge funds covered by our database. In this post, we are going to focus on the five IPOs that topped that list.
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#5 Atlassian Corporation PLC (NASDAQ:TEAM)
– Investors with Long Positions (as of December 31): 22
– Aggregate Value of Investors’ Holdings (as of December 31): $129.76 million
Let’s start with United Kingdom-based enterprise software company Atlassian Corporation PLC (NASDAQ:TEAM). The company was listed on the NASDAQ on December 10, pricing its IPO at $21 per share. Though its stock rose by 20% on the day it made its debut and continued to rise throughout December, it gave up all of those gains this year and even went below its IPO price for a short time. However, it has recouped some of those losses over the past few days and now trades up by 9.5% from its IPO price, though it’s still down by nearly 23.54% year-to-date. For its second quarter of fiscal year 2016, the company reported EPS of $0.11 on revenue of $109.71 million, topping analysts’ projections of EPS of $0.04 on revenue of $102.67 million. For the fiscal third quarter, the company guided revenue to be in the range of $113 million to $115 million, and EPS to be in the range of $0.05 to $0.06.
#4 Four Corners Property Trust Inc (NYSE:FCPT)
– Investors with Long Positions (as of December 31): 24
– Aggregate Value of Investors’ Holdings (as of December 31): $322.07 million
Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE:FCPT) became an independent, publicly-traded company after its separation from Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) was completed on November 9. Under the terms of the spin-off, shareholders of Darden Restaurants received one share of Four Corners Property Trust for every three Darden shares they owned on November 2. Four Corners Property Trust Inc (NYSE:FCPT) has lost over 28% of its market capitalization this yea,r with most of the losses coming after the REIT declared two dividends totaling $8.32 per share, to be paid to shareholders on January 7. The REIT is scheduled to report its fourth quarter financial numbers next week and the consensus among analysts is for it to report EPS of $0.19 on revenue of $28.52 million. Jeffrey Smith of Starboard Value, which overthrew Darden’s Board of Directors in 2014 and became its chairman, owns 3.88 million shares of FCPT.