The IPO Week


Fifth Time In 2017 That a Week Has Passed without a Completed Offering, First Time Since Early July

Five Initial IPO Filings 

Blank Checks Sector Adds Registrants Social Capital Hedosophia and Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition

Social Capital Hedosophia, Whose Managers Include Former Facebook and Twitter Execs, Will Invest In Emerging Tech Cos.

Draper Oakwood Is Looking to Raise $50 Million to Pursue Tech Company with an Enterprise Value of More Than $200 Million

Beijing-Based Secoo Holding Is the Fourth Chinese New Registrant In August, Ninth of the Year

Company Offers an Online and Offline Shopping Platform for Upscale Products and Services

Secoo's CEO Will Maintain Voting Control Following the Offering

Krystal Biotech, a Gene Therapy Company Developing Treatments for Dermatological Diseases, Registers

Company's Lead Product Candidate Treats Rare Genetic Disease Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

In August, Krystal Raised $7 Million Through the Issuance of Preferred Shares to an Affiliate of India's Sun Pharma

Cellular Analysis and Cancer Diagnostic Test Developer Celcuity Chooses Craig-Hallum Capital as Lead Manager

Craig-Hallum Last Served as Lead Underwriter On a Completed IPO In December 2013

Celcuity Will Convert from an LLC to a Corporation Prior to the IPO

One IPO Withdrawal

Cancer Therapy Developer Accelerated Pharma Chooses Not to Pursue IPO at This Time

Connecticut Company Initially Publicly Registered Last October

IPO Offerings Form Type 1st Lead Manager
Initial Filing Date Offer Date
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Initial IPO Filings Form Type 1st Lead Manager
Initial Filing Date
Krystal Biotech, Inc. S-1 Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc. 8/21/17
Celcuity LLC S-1 Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC 8/23/17
Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. S-1 Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC 8/23/17
Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition S-1 EarlyBirdCapital, Inc. 8/25/17
Secoo Holding Limited F-1 Jefferies LLC 8/25/17
IPO Withdrawals Form Type 1st Lead Manager
Initial Filing Date Withdrawal Date
Accelerated Pharma, Inc. RW Rodman & Renshaw 10/11/16 8/23/17

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IPO News Desk

Non-U.S. Companies Boost Late Summer IPO Performance

With three completed deals and four new registrations so far in August, non-U.S. companies are helping to bolster IPO numbers in an otherwise lackluster month. Historically, August is among the slowest months of the year for IPOs, and 2017 is no exception. With no IPOs in the most recent week, the monthly total is holding at just eight new issues to date.

August's tally represents a slowdown from July when 14 deals were completed, and from the 20 IPOs in June. This is consistent with August’s IPO totals over the past several years. The number of new issues last August dropped to eight from 14 in July, and in 2015 they fell from 19 in July to 12 in August. Even in 2014, the busiest year for new issues in the past decade, August saw only 10 completed offerings following 37 in July.

This year, three of August’s eight IPOs and four of the month’s seven new registrations through August 25th were by non-U.S. companies. Overall, offshore companies have completed 17 new issues this year, accounting for 15% of the market. In 2016, 23 IPOs by non-U.S. issuers comprised about 20% of the year’s total. At the current rate, 2017 will certainly eclipse 2016’s total, but is likely to fall short of the 41 and 67 foreign issuers in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Chinese Issuers – China is once again a central player in the discussion about U.S. IPOs by companies headquartered overseas. It is leading the way in 2017 with four IPO companies, one ahead of Canada’s three new issuers through August 25th. China is also home to nine of the year’s 20 non-U.S. new registrants, including four filers in August.

U.S. IPOs by Chinese companies accounted for about 25% of the non-U.S. issuer market in 2016 with six of the 23 offerings. In 2015, only seven of the 41 non-U.S. issuers that priced in the U.S. were headquartered in China. In 2014, the country was home to 17 new issuers. China’s best showing in recent years was in 2010 when 40 of 60 non-U.S. issuers were headquartered there.

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Geographic Diversity – Despite China’s dominance, the non-U.S. segment of the IPO market continues to show considerable geographic diversity. To date, companies from 11 different countries have participated in the U.S. IPO market this year. Last year, companies came to U.S. markets from 14 countries, and 16 nations were represented in 2015. Issuers from 20 countries participated in 2014’s U.S. IPO market. After China and Canada, the U.K. (two IPO companies) is the only other country that is home to more than one new issuer in 2017. This year, Denmark produced an IPO company for the first time since January 2015.

Israel is home to one new issuer in 2017, matching its entire output for 2016. Those numbers represent a slowdown for Israel, which has routinely produced multiple IPO companies—seven in 2015 and 12 in 2014—in recent years. Noticeably absent so far in 2017 is Bermuda, which was home to nine IPO companies between 2014 and 2016.

New Registrations – This year, 20 new non-U.S. companies filed preliminary registrations through August 25th. During the same period last year, 13 foreign issuers publicly filed plans to begin trading in U.S. markets. Of the 20 new filers this year, 13 have already completed their offerings, which does not leave much of a pipeline of foreign issuers waiting to go public in the U.S. Those companies that have pending registration statements as of August 25th are from Argentina, China and Israel.

Non-U.S. Incorporations – A survey of countries of incorporation since the start of 2017 shows ten different countries from which IPO issuers have come to the U.S. In 2016 and 2015, 13 and 16 countries served as jurisdiction of incorporation for at least one IPO, respectively. The Cayman Islands, where most Chinese companies executing U.S. IPOs incorporate, is the leading country of incorporation this year. Its six incorporations are one ahead of the British Virgin Islands. Twelve companies that went public in the U.S. in 2016 were incorporated in the Cayman Islands, up from 11 in 2015.

The IPO Line-Up

IPO Line-Up Rises Five to 30 Eight-Week Active Registrants

Oasis Midstream Partners Rejoins IPO Line-Up with First Filing Since June 2nd

Albertsons Companies Files Amendment No. 11, Is Back Among Eight-Week Active Registrants

Two Initial Price Ranges Filed

Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings and Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition Set Price Ranges In Initial Filings

One Other Registrant Files Amendment

Zai Lab Files Amendment No. 1 In Week After Publicly Registering


IPO Line-Up

(Ranked by Initial Filing Date)
The IPO Line-Up contains IPO Registrants that have had filing activity in the last 8 weeks and have not gone public or withdrawn from registration.
IPO Registrants that are red and bold indicate that a filing with the initial IPO price range has been filed with the SEC.

IPO RegistrantForm Type1st Lead Mgr ListedInitial Filing DateFiling w/ Initial Price Range7/3 -
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Secoo Holding LimitedF-1Jefferies8/25/17----------------F-1
Draper Oakwood Technology AcquisitionS-1EarlyBirdCapital8/25/178/25/17--------------S-1
Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp.S-1Credit Suisse8/23/178/23/17--------------S-1
Celcuity LLC S-1Craig-Hallum8/23/17----------------S-1
Krystal Biotech, Inc. S-1Ladenburg8/21/17----------------S-1
Zai Lab Limited F-1JPMorgan8/15/17--------------F-18/23, Corp. F-1Morgan Stanley8/15/17--------------F-1--
TDH Holdings, Inc. F-1ViewTrade8/10/17------------F-1----
Preferred Sands, Inc. S-1Credit Suisse8/10/17------------S-1----
Quintana Energy Services Inc. S-1BofA Merrill Lynch8/9/17------------S-1----
ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. F-1ViewTrade8/4/178/4/17--------F-1------
ProLung, Inc.S-1Maxim Group8/4/17----------S-1------
BJ Services, Inc. S-1Goldman Sachs7/14/17----S-1--7/25;7/28--------
Torrid Inc. S-1BofA Merrill Lynch7/10/17----S-1------------
Tremont Mortgage TrustS-11UBS7/7/17--S-11------8/2--8/15--
BEST Inc.F-1Citigroup6/26/17--------7/27----8/17--
Vencore Holding Corp.S-1Goldman Sachs6/21/17------------8/11----
PQ Group Holdings Inc. S-1Morgan Stanley6/9/17------7/18------8/14--
Oasis Midstream Partners LP S-1Morgan Stanley5/12/17----------------8/21
US LBM Holdings, Inc.S-1Barclays5/9/17----------8/4------
Gadsden Growth Properties, Inc.S-11National Securities5/5/176/23/17----7/19----------
Nine Energy Service, Inc. S-1JPMorgan5/2/17------------8/11----
GPM Petroleum LP S-1Raymond James4/28/17--------------8/15--
Liberty Oilfield Services Inc.S-1Morgan Stanley2/14/17--------------8/18--
FTS International, Inc.S-1Credit Suisse2/10/17----------8/4------
Frankly Inc.S-1Roth Capital11/10/165/11/17----7/18----------
OrthoPediatrics Corp.S-1Piper Jaffray6/16/16------------8/10----
Albertsons Companies, Inc. S-1Goldman Sachs7/8/15----------------8/22
Bicapital Corporation F-1BofA Merrill Lynch5/22/15----7/11------------
Intrepid Aviation LimitedS-1Goldman Sachs11/12/14----------7/31------

IPO Line-Up includes all IPO registrants that have filed to go public in the U.S., have neither gone public nor formally withdrawn their offering by filing a Form RW with the SEC, and have had filing activity in the most recent eight week period. IPO Line-Up includes all SEC registered IPOs, including REITs and those non-U.S. IPO filers seeking to list in the U.S. markets, except for 1) closed-end funds; 2) best-efforts, self-underwritten, and direct offerings; and 3) small business IPOs with an offering amount of less than $5 million. IPO Line-Up: Recent SEC IPO Filing Activity is based on information provided from the IPO Vital Signs System located at