2022 could be a massive year for initial public offerings (IPOs) despite broader market volatility…
Over the past two years, global markets have struggled with supply-chain woes, a semiconductor shortage, and rising inflation. But even with these issues, a large number of companies successfully went public in 2021.
Last year, Coinbase (COIN), Lucid (LCID), Robinhood (HOOD), and Rivian (RIVN) were some of the biggest IPOs. This helped bring the total amount of money raised from public debuts to $142.5 billion in 2021.
2022 could see similar numbers as well. While some of the pandemic’s headwinds – and geopolitical tensions – will continue through the year, there is no shortage of highly-anticipated IPOs.
And once they go public, robust demand for their shares could help boost investors' speculative bids – as many analysts forecast several valuations in the tens of billions.
Here are three of the best IPOs to watch in 2022…
Anyone familiar with the video game industry is at least somewhat aware of Discord. The company’s app allows users to message, voice chat, and video call in private and public servers of their choice.
This effectively makes it the Slack or Microsoft Teams of the video game market. And while that may not seem like a big deal in itself, Discord reported over 140 million monthly active users in 2020.
Even Microsoft approached the chat app for acquisition in 2021. The $10 billion proposition ultimately didn’t go anywhere, but competitor Sony invested in and partnered with the company shortly after. Because of this, Discord’s valuation is sitting at around $15 billion.
Recently, Volkswagen and its most influential shareholders reached a preliminary agreement to take its subsidiary Porsche AG public.
This could not only create a major opportunity for existing Volkswagen shareholders, but also give IPO investors a significant boost from the luxury carmaker.
That’s because many analysts estimate it would be one of the world’s biggest stock market debuts, with current estimates hovering around $102 billion.
Reddit is arguably one of the most popular websites in the world. And many call it the “front page of the internet” as a result.
That’s because its website is used for everything ranging from political news, hobbies, and even education.
And while it had already gained a massive user base prior to 2021, it surged into the mainstream limelight last year.
This was due to its active subreddit WallStreetBets, which helped drive shares of GameStop and AMC Entertainment significantly higher amid the recent “meme stock madness.”
So, these factors, combined with Fidelity Investments’ $400 million funding, have helped lift Reddit’s valuation to $10 billion.
My name is Daymond John, and if you've seen me on television, then you know why I'm called “The People's Shark.”
I grew up in Queens, New York, where I launched my startup in my mother's basement with $40.
I worked 80 hours a week, seven days a week. Every time I failed, I got up, dusted myself off, and kept moving forward. Nothing was handed to me, and nothing could stop me either.
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The People's Shark, Angels & Entrepreneurs Network