Blackstone stuck with IPO duds this year including Bumble, Oatly


It has been a record-breaking year for IPOs, however it has additionally been a blended bag — and billionaire Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group is amongst these traders who’re selecting by way of their duds.

The private-equity large has held a major possession stake in 10 corporations that went public on the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq this year, including one business that obtained offered to a so-called SPAC, or special-purpose acquisition company.

Half of these corporations — including the Bumble relationship app and the Oatly oat drink model — are actually buying and selling effectively beneath their providing costs. Indeed, 4 of them have fallen greater than 30 % over the previous 90 days, including Oatly whose stock has plunged 50 %, to $8.14 from $16.30, whereas Bumble has dropped 35 % throughout that very same interval, to $34.87 from $53.50.

That’s in sharp distinction to the S&P 500, which is up 24 % on the year, and the Nasdaq, which rose 19 %.

To ensure, the IPO aftermarket has been a disappointment this year throughout the board. While practically 1,000 corporations went public in 2021 — an unprecedented crop of offers that raised a file $300 billion in proceeds — their shares had been down 20 % this year versus the S&P 500, based on University of Florida Professor Jay Ritter, who is named “Mr. IPO” for his work on preliminary public choices. 

Bumble, based by Whitney Wolfe, traded as excessive as $84.80 a share shortly after its February IPO.
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Many newly listed corporations, particularly in tech and well being care, haven’t grown rapidly sufficient to justify their lofty trailing income buying and selling multiples, a few of which exceeded 20 instances earnings, Ritter stated. The Renaissance IPO exchange-traded fund, which tracks latest IPOs, is off 9 % this year.

“Investors were buying IPOs on a lot of optimistic assumptions,” Ritter advised The Post. 

Still, Blackstone has left itself open to criticism, particularly when itemizing corporations it has invested in by way of its development fund.

Bumble stock has dropped 35 % over the past 90 days, to $34.87 from $53.50.
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Oatly, which listed its shares in May, missed earnings forecasts in its most up-to-date quarter. Last month, Oatly revealed in a securities submitting that it was pressured to conduct a restricted recall associated to “loose metal items” present in its milk-processing gear.

Meanwhile, Bumble — based by tech entrepreneur Whitney Wolfe — posted a decline in total person development in its third quarter, with analysts fretting that its pandemic-driven person development isn’t sustainable. Total paying customers dropping to 2.87 million within the three months by way of September, down from 2.93 million within the prior quarter.

Shortly after its February IPO, Bumble traded as excessive as $84.80 a share. On Thursday, the relationship app closed at $34.87.

Oatly hit a valuation above $10 billion on its buying and selling debut, however has struggled since.
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Sema4 Holdings, a genetic-testing business spun out of Mount Sinai Health Systems, merged with a blank-check company and began buying and selling in July.  Sema4 lost $89 million in working revenue final quarter on $43 million of income and in addition loses money on the gross margin stage. Some traders fret that the company might not be capable to renew massive contracts it gained in the course of the pandemic.

“The interesting thing is the root cause of the poor stock price performance in all of these appears to be operational execution, missteps and poor business models, and not market changes,” one IPO investor remarked. “Why are some of these companies public? ” 

Sema4 shares within the final 90 days have fallen by greater than 40 % to $4.67.

Oatly stock has plunged 50 %, to $8.14 from $16.30, over the past 90 days.
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Blackstone advised The Post its 2021 IPOs have delivered “exceptional absolute and relative performance” — calculating that they’re up 32 % on common from once they went public.

That stat, nevertheless, consists of auto know-how company Sona Comstar which listed its shares on the National Stock Exchange of India.

Elsewhere, Blackstone’s largest winners embrace Texas-based business course of outsourcing company TaskUs, which since its June IPO is up 115 %. Health company Apria is up 53 % year up to now, and Imago Biosciences is up 45 % on the year and continues to be rising.

Blackstone Group, led by Stephen Schwarzman, says it believes the businesses it’s backed are effectively positioned for long-term success.
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“Many of these IPOs are high-growth, technology, and life-sciences businesses — with those sectors and many other IPOs seeing similar retracement in the fourth quarter nearly across the board,” a Blackstone spokesman stated.

“We also believe these companies are well positioned for long-term success and continue to be substantial stockholders in alignment with their public shareholders.”

More broadly, Blackstone pointed to its “strong track record of helping build many highly successful public companies for the long-term,” citing Hilton, whose IPO traders it stated have tripled their money. Blackstone-backed Tradeweb is buying and selling at practically 4 instances its IPO value and Invitation Homes has greater than doubled, based on the Blackstone spokesman.


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