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The 17 Most Important IPOs To Watch For In 2011

15. Toys “R” US

Toys “R” US filed for an IPO back in May of 2010.  The latest filing was for up to $800 million and the underwriting syndicate included  more than ten investment banks.  Toys “R” Us is the largest specialty toy retailer.  It has been public before and is private equity-owned under Bain Capital, KKR, and Vornado Realty.  As of July 31, 2010 it operated some 1,363 stores and it and licensed an additional 211 stores.  For 2009, its net sales were $13.6 billion with net earnings of $312 million.  The figures for its 2010 calendar year (January, 2011 ending) will likely be better because of some 600 or so pop-up stores that were meant to capture more of the holiday revenues without the expense of keeping those locations open during the rest of the year.  This one is scheduled but a date remains elusive for 2011 as of yet.


16. Zipcar Inc.

Zipcar is on its way to coming public.  The company specializes in short-term hourly unit car rentals from members.  It operates in 14 major metro areas and lists more than 225 college campuses in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.  The IPO is expected sooner rather than later, and Zipcar has selected Goldman Sachs and J.P.Morgan as its lead underwriters.  The company is losing money. Its first nine-months of 2010 brought $134 million in revenue.  The company claims more than 530,000 members which it calls “Zipsters” and it had a fleet of more than 8,500 autos owned or leased as of September 30, 2010.  Backers are Steve Case’s Revolution Living, Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, and Norway’s Smedvig Capital.  Zipcar also recently expanded into the United Kingdom to get its foot into Europe where so many drivers do not own cars.  The company also claimed that it has identified another 100 markets here in the United States, and it showed a study from January 2010 from Frost & Sullivan showing that car sharing program revenues in North America will increase to $3.3 billion in 2016 from only $253 million in 2009.  The green angle is the claims that each new Zipcar ordered takes 15 to 20 vehicles off the road.

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17. Zynga Inc.

Zynga Inc. will be a key IPO prospect to watch.  The company has deep ties to Facebook as it makes many of the top social games from CityVille and FarmVille to Mafia Wars and more.  The company claims some 1,300 employees, 215 million active monthly users, and over 50 million daily active users.  It competes against Digital Chocolate and has raised more than $200 million in venture backing from the likes of Digital Sky Technologies, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Beyers, Andreessen Horowitz, Avalon Ventures, Tiger Global, and more. The company’s finances are still not fully known but its non-Facebook interface is also there for iPhone, MySpace, Android, Yahoo! and more.  As far as its strange name, that is “a nod to a legendary African warrior queen.”  If you want to know at least one of the companies which has disrupted the traditional video game sector growth, Zynga is one of the biggest culprits of them all.

Jon Ogg