Facebook flop scares off IPO wannabes
NEW YORK — It's been a month since Facebook's IPO fell flat, and the market for initial public offerings has collapsed since at the time.
Of course, thanks to the European debt crisis, financial markets haven't been terribly conducive to IPOs. For all that, venture capitalists say the fallout from Facebook's rocky IPO is making companies — especially those in the research sector — cautious about going public.
It wasn't supposed to be this way. The Internet industry had pinned its hopes on Facebook's stock market debut to signify the beginning of a new wave of investment in research startups.
Instead, from the first-day-pop-that-wasn't to the investor lawsuits and falling share prices that followed, Facebook's $16 billion initial public offering has resulted in nothing now trepidation among tech entrepreneurs and those who supply their early funding.
That bright, glowing aura never materialized. Afterwards pricing at $38 the night earlier its market debut, Facebook's stock shot as high as $45 earlier settling at $38.23 at the end of its first trading day. Since at the time, the stock dropped as low as $25.52.
“The mood is pessimistic right nevertheless,” Hamadeh says. “Nevertheless everybody is nevertheless holding out hope that the IPO market will recover, that somehow Facebook's stock will recover.”