Blackstone stuck with IPO duds this year including Bumble, Oatly


It has been a record-breaking 12 months for IPOs, however it has additionally been a blended bag — and billionaire Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group is amongst these buyers who’re choosing by their duds.

The private-equity large has held a big possession stake in 10 corporations that went public on the New York Inventory Alternate or Nasdaq this 12 months, together with one enterprise that acquired bought to a so-called SPAC, or special-purpose acquisition firm.

Half of these corporations — together with the Bumble relationship app and the Oatly oat drink model — are actually buying and selling properly under their providing costs. Certainly, 4 of them have fallen greater than 30 p.c over the previous 90 days, together with Oatly whose inventory has plunged 50 p.c, to $8.14 from $16.30, whereas Bumble has dropped 35 p.c 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 p.c on the 12 months, and the Nasdaq, which rose 19 p.c.

To make sure, the IPO aftermarket has been a disappointment this 12 months throughout the board. Whereas practically 1,000 corporations went public in 2021 — an unprecedented crop of offers that raised a document $300 billion in proceeds — their shares have been down 20 p.c this 12 months versus the S&P 500, in keeping with College of Florida Professor Jay Ritter, who is called “Mr. IPO” for his work on preliminary public choices. 

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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 shortly sufficient to justify their lofty trailing income buying and selling multiples, a few of which exceeded 20 occasions earnings, Ritter mentioned. The Renaissance IPO exchange-traded fund, which tracks latest IPOs, is off 9 p.c this 12 months.

“Traders have been shopping for IPOs on a variety of optimistic assumptions,” Ritter advised The Put up. 

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

A line graph shows drop in Bumble stock price over the last 90 days to $34.87 from $53.50.
Bumble inventory has dropped 35 p.c during the last 90 days, to $34.87 from $53.50.
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Oatly, which listed its shares in Could, missed earnings forecasts in its most up-to-date quarter. Final month, Oatly revealed in a securities submitting that it was compelled to conduct a restricted recall associated to “unfastened steel gadgets” present in its milk-processing gear.

In the meantime, 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. Whole paying customers dropping to 2.87 million within the three months by 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.

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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 enterprise spun out of Mount Sinai Well being Programs, merged with a blank-check firm and began buying and selling in July.  Sema4 misplaced $89 million in working revenue final quarter on $43 million of income and in addition loses cash on the gross margin degree. Some buyers fret that the corporate might not be capable to renew large contracts it received through the pandemic.

“The fascinating factor is the basis reason behind the poor inventory value efficiency in all of those seems to be operational execution, missteps and poor enterprise fashions, and never market adjustments,” one IPO investor remarked. “Why are a few of these corporations public? ” 

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

A line graph shows drop in Oatly stock price over the last 90 days to $8.14 from $16.30.
Oatly inventory has plunged 50 p.c, to $8.14 from $16.30, during the last 90 days.
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Blackstone advised The Put up its 2021 IPOs have delivered “distinctive absolute and relative efficiency” — calculating that they’re up 32 p.c on common from after they went public.

That stat, nonetheless, contains auto know-how firm Sona Comstar which listed its shares on the Nationwide Inventory Alternate of India.

Elsewhere, Blackstone’s largest winners embrace Texas-based enterprise course of outsourcing firm TaskUs, which since its June IPO is up 115 p.c. Well being firm Apria is up 53 p.c 12 months to this point, and Imago Biosciences is up 45 p.c on the 12 months and remains to be rising.

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Blackstone Group, led by Stephen Schwarzman, says it believes the businesses it’s backed are properly positioned for long-term success.
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“Many of those IPOs are high-growth, know-how, and life-sciences companies — with these sectors and lots of different IPOs seeing related retracement within the fourth quarter practically throughout the board,” a Blackstone spokesman mentioned.

“We additionally imagine these corporations are properly positioned for long-term success and proceed to be substantial stockholders in alignment with their public shareholders.”

Extra broadly, Blackstone pointed to its “robust observe document of serving to construct many extremely profitable public corporations for the long-term,” citing Hilton, whose IPO buyers it mentioned have tripled their cash. Blackstone-backed Tradeweb is buying and selling at practically Four occasions its IPO value and Invitation Houses has greater than doubled, in keeping with the Blackstone spokesman.