Top 10 Best Performing IPOs in 2012

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  • on December 28th, 2012

IPOs had two distinctive periods in 2012 – pre-Facebook and after Facebook. After the long-awaited public debute of “the Social Network” dissapointed many, the IPO market dried up.

I ran a screen to see how the IPOs of 2012 performed from their opening prints on the first day they became publicly available (click on the chart to see all of them):

12 went up more than 50%

26 went up between 20% and 50%

47 went between 0% and 20%

33 lost between 0% and 20%

18 lost between 20% and 50%

5 lost more than 50%

Facebook ($FB) and Yelp ($YELP) were among the 20 worst performers.

The top 5 best performers were:

  • $VIPS (Chinese ADR) – one of only two Chinese IPOs in the U.S. this year (the other is $YY)
  • Mortgage investment companies $WAC and NSM. Also a Savings and Loans provider  $HSTM. With the housing recovery being the major theme of the year, this should not be a surprise


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