Airbnb has been trying to set itself up for an IPO for some time now. The company has been spending a lot of money on public relations to sort out an issue regarding hotel taxes. And although shares of its top competitor HomeAway (NASDAQ: AWAY) are down 33% from its 52-week high, Airbnb might still be pushing its way toward an IPO. Last month its CFO left, which is a sign that it could be looking to set up its management team for an IPO.
Meanwhile, the likelihood of J. Crew getting an IPO done this year, or even next year, is dwindling. The past few quarters have been tough for the company, which is a reflection of the slowing apparel industry.
There are a couple other companies we featured that aren’t quite there yet, but getting very close.
Virgin America filed for an IPO in July. Virgin’s IPO speculation has been in the news since 2007.
GoDaddy is another one that’s getting close. It filed its IPO papers in August, which showed that the company is making headway in terms of preserving current customers versus relying on new signups.
Meanwhile, some of the biggest IPOs so far this year weren’t on our list.
GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) and Zendesk (NYSE: ZEN) are both up over 135% since debuting. Meanwhile, two restaurant chains – El Pollo LoCo (NASDAQ: LOCO) and Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE: ZOES) – are both up over 130% since their IPO.
And 2015 is shaping up to be another interesting year for the IPO market.
Investors should keep an eye out for Lending Club, which is the largest peer-to-peer lending platform in the market. It could even debut before the end of 2014. Esty is another interesting company that’s a key player in the e-commerce market and could be a formidable foe for the likes of eBay.
The geo-marketing company Yext just recently hired a new CFO as it gears up for a 2015 IPO. AndSprinklr, the social media management company, has already been gearing up for an IPO next year.
A couple potential long shots for 2015 could be the likes of Hulu and FourSquare. Hulu is owned by heavy hitters Disney (NYSE: DIS) and 21st Century Fox (NYSE: FOXA), and these companies could be looking to capitalize on the bustling streaming video market. Meanwhile, FourSquare is focusing on being a local discovery app after spinning off its check-in feature into a new app called Swarm.
The IPO market will have the occasional loser, such as King Digital Entertainment (NASDAQ: KING),which has tumbled 50% since its March IPO. But overall, those “hot” IPOs are still highly coveted by investors. Making money in IPOs seems to get easier and easier every year. Let’s hope that continues to be the case in 2015.
This article is brought to you courtesy of Marshall Hargrave from Wyatt Research.