Last Friday Rice Energy, a company devoted to drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale, floated their initial public offering (IPO). In plain language, they started to trade shares of stock on the New York Stock Exchange. So how did they do? Not bad, especially since the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped like a rock on Friday–down 318 points (2%). The Rice Energy stock was priced by the underwriters at $21 per share. By the closing bell it was trading at $21.90, a 4% jump. It’s certainly not as impressive as the recent Antero Resources IPO (see Antero’s Stock Climbs 18% on First Day of Trading). However, Rice is a much smaller company, so it’s not really fair to compare. The Rice IPO infused the company with $924 million in new revenue (selling 44 million shares). That’s 10% more than the $840 million they were hoping for–so we would term their IPO a huge success (see Rice Energy Launches IPO, Hopes to Raise $840M). The company now has a market capitalization (value) of $2.8 billion. Nicely done!
Some reaction and analysis of Rice’s stock debut last Friday by energy investment advisory firm Renaissance Capital: