Ipo Hardball! With Francis Gaskins

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Hard-hitting, unbiased pre-IPO analysis . Using income statement, balance sheet and industry trend analysis not found elsewhere . Often ‘compares & contrasts’ with publicly held competitorsIPO Hardball! radio content is based on a prioritized analysis by IPOdesktop.com of almost every scheduled IPO. As a result you’ll learn what’s in demand, what’s not and why. And during the broadcasts Mr. Gaskins shares with you IPOdesktop.com’s proven, pre-IPO grading and scoring system results.


  • As Dow Hits 14,000 IPOs Hit Stride Again

    As Dow Hits 14,000 IPOs Hit Stride Again


    Week of October 1, 2007BioHeart (BHRT) biotech for heart damage treatment: C, 6China Digital TV (STV) digital television access systems in China: C+, 8Constant Contact (CTCT) on-demand email marketing solutions: C, 6MAP Pharma (MAPP) inhalable drugs for asthma: C, 6Merrion Pharma (MERR) oral dosage forms of drugs: C, 6IPOs that did very well in the IPO aftermarket the last half of the September 2007 quarter. VMware (VMW) B, 10. lululemon athletica (LULU) B-, 8. WuXi Pharma Tech (WX) B-, 9.E-House (China) (EJ) B-, 9Go to Mr. Gaskins Website for more details!

  • Interview With William Tighe, President, Kodiak Energy

    Interview With William Tighe, President, Kodiak Energy


    Kodiak Energy (KDKN) is an oil and gas company creating a portfolio of North American assets that offer not only immediate production and cash flow but growth through exploration . Potential for significant growth . Upside through developing a large CO2 resource . Near-term production and cash flow. About Kodiak Energy

  • Recap of This Weeks Wall Street IPO Market

    Recap of This Weeks Wall Street IPO Market


    In this cast Mr. Gaskins provides an update on recent new issues. The following companies are covered: NOTE: Mr. Gaskins exclusive grade and rank for each issue.Amedica (AMCA) a developer of orthopedic spine & joint implants: C, 6Concho Resources (CXO) an oil and gas sector play, C+, 7Dolan Media (DM) print & online media company for the legal industry: C+, 7Genpact Limited (G) manages business processes: C+, 7NanoDynamics (NDMX) develops technology for clean energy & infrastructure: C, 5Sucampo Pharma (SCMP) creates proprietary drugs based on prostones: C, 6Virtusa (VRTU) provider of offshore IT technical services: C+, 8

  • IPO Market Continues Unfazed

    IPO Market Continues Unfazed


    There were eight new issues this week that Mr. Gaskins has reviewed and provided his expert grade and ranking. To learn more about Mr. Gaskins and his analysis please visit the website www.gaskinsco.comThis week’s podcast covers BladeLogic (BLOG) a firm developing data center automation software. Grade: C+, rank 7. Next is ImaRx Therapeutics (IMRX) who creates blood clot therapies; C, 6, lululemon athletica (LULU) An apparel sector company focused on yoga-inspired apparel: B-, 8.In technology we find Monotype Imaging (TYPE) a developer of text imaging solutions: C+, 7 and Perfect World (PWRD) A China online 3D video game company: B-, 8 finally, Voltaire Ltd. (VOLT) for server/storage switching and software solutions: C+, 6.Rounding out the week are; Rex Energy (REXX) operating in oil & gas drilling: C+, 7 and Validus Holdings, (VR) a property catastrophe reinsurance company: C+, 7In this cast there is also an update on the recent IPO of private equity firm Blackstone (BX)

  • 10 IPOs Hit Wall Street - Firms Net Over $5 Billion: AIRV, DHC, EBTX, HGG, IMRX, LIMC, MF, NZ, OWW, SGLP

    10 IPOs Hit Wall Street - Firms Net Over $5 Billion: AIRV, DHC, EBTX, HGG, IMRX, LIMC, MF, NZ, OWW, SGLP


    This week Mr Gaskins got busy with 10 new issues to cover. As usual, he provides his analysis as well as proprietary grade and rank. For more details on the analysis please visit the website http://www.gaskinsco.com/This the following companies are covered:Airvana (AIRV) an infrastructure company in the mobile broadband sector: Grade B-, Rank 9 Dice Holdings (DHX) the long popular technology and finance career website: B-, 8 Encore Banc (EBTX) a bank holding company out of Texas & Florida: C+, 7 hhgregg (HGG) an online retailer of video/audio/appliances/etc: C+, 7ImaRX Thera (IMRX) who produces therapies for blood clots: C, 6 Limco-Piedmont (LIMC) providing services in aerospace maintenance: C+, 6 MF Global Ltd. (MF) a broker of exchange-listed futures and options: C+, 8 Netezza (NZ) manufacturer of data warehouse appliances: B-, 8Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) a leading online travel search service: C+, 7 SemGroup , L.P. (SGLP) operating in crude oil midstream services: C+, 7

  • Blackstone Hits The Street!

    Blackstone Hits The Street!


    Blackstone (BX), Fortress (FIG), private equity carried interest tax issues, the China opportunity, who's next?

  • Blackstone IPO reaching Fever Pitch

    Blackstone IPO reaching Fever Pitch


    This week Mr Gaskins provides deeper insight on Blackstone Group L.P. (BX) the major private equity play for investors. Also covered is BioFuel Energy (BIOF) C, 7 a firm building five ethanol plants. AND BWAY Holding (BWY) C+, 7 who is in the business of manufacturing rigid metal & plastic containers.For more information on assigned grade and rank see the website

  • Highest Rated IPOs to Date Poised to Hit Market (BAGL) (FBCM) (INFN) (YGE) (RGDX) (STAR) (LLNW)

    Highest Rated IPOs to Date Poised to Hit Market (BAGL) (FBCM) (INFN) (YGE) (RGDX) (STAR) (LLNW)


    IPO Hardball's Francis Gaskins presents a solid crop of upcoming IPOs this week. The list below also includes his unique Grade and Rank for each company. For more details please visit the website and subscribe.If coffee is the morning drug of choice, then the choice of accompaniment is the bagel. Einstein Noah Restaurants (BAGL) offers three brands of bagel specialty and received the following grade and rank C, 6.5 FBR Capital (FBCM) is the REIT subsidiary of financial powerhouse Friedman Billings C+, 6Technology is also on the rise with the following:Infinera Corp (INFN) a photonic-based optical networking firm B-, 8 Limelight Net (LLNW) who delivers rich media over the Internet B-, 8.5 and Starent Networks (STAR) a multimedia infrastructure company providing services for mobile B-, 8Rounding out the group is:Response Gtncs (RGDX) who provides diagnostic tests for cancer C, 5.5 and Yingli Green Energy (YGE) makes vertically integrated photovoltaic products B-, 8Related companies mentioned in this podcas

  • Blackstone (BX) currently scheduled for week of June 18

    Blackstone (BX) currently scheduled for week of June 18


    NOTE: all casts provide both a grade and rank. Please visit the website for more details. In this week's cast Mr. Gaskins provides analysis of: Amicus Thera (FOLD) a clinical-stage pharmaceutical Company. C, 6 Jazz Pharma (JAZZ) a firm providing neurological and psychiatric products: C, 6.5 and rounding out the field is LDK Solar (LDK) who produces multicrystalline wafers for solar cells B-, 8Other companies mentioned are: (BGS) (CLNE) (GLRE) (HLCS) (RRR) (SIRT)

  • Forget Private Equity Here Come the IPOs - BGS, CLNE, GLRE, HLCS, RRR, SIRT, LIMS

    Forget Private Equity Here Come the IPOs - BGS, CLNE, GLRE, HLCS, RRR, SIRT, LIMS


    This week Mr Gaskins provides analysis of a solid group of IPOs. Each analysis provides his grade and rank. Be sure to visit the IPO Desktop website for details and become a member. First on deack is B&G Foods (BGS) a company in the shelf-stable food products business: Gade C+ and rank 7. Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) is developing technology for natural gas & alternative fuel for vehicles: C+, 7. Greenlight Capital (GLRE) provides property & casualty reinsurance: C+, 7. Helicos BioSci (HLCS) creates genetic analysis technologies: C, 6RSC Holdings (RRR) is in the equipment rental business: C+, 7. Rounding out the list are a pair of companies that provide labratory information managment systems: Sirtris Pharma (SIRT) C, 6. and STARLIMS (LIMS) C+, 7Mr Gaskins aslo provides a brief update on last week's IPOs (CLR) (CSUN) (COMV) (EURX) (TTGT) (TRS)

  • Exclusive IPO Analysis - More China Solar - Publisher TechTarget and Seven More (CAIU) (CSUN) (CLR) (ENOC) (EURX) (PODD) (SKH) (TTGT) (TRS)

    Exclusive IPO Analysis - More China Solar - Publisher TechTarget and Seven More (CAIU) (CSUN) (CLR) (ENOC) (EURX) (PODD) (SKH) (TTGT) (TRS)


    For the week May 14th, 2007Almost twice the crop of last week Mr. gaskins had his work cut out for him. Unfortunately for this round, there are no stellar buys only average offerings. Mr. Gaskins provides is usual grade and rank as seen below.First is CAI International (CAIU) C+, 7 a container freight company offering leasing & management. Next up is another in a series of China solar cell firms, China Sunergy (CSUN) C+, 7Continental Resources (CLR) C+, 7 is in the energy sector providing oil & gas production and exploration services. EnerNOC (ENOC) C+, 7 manages & reduces electricity consumption for commercial and industrial companies.Almost expected are this week's pharmaceutical companies. Eurand NV (EURX) C, 7 specialty pharma. Insulet Corporation (PODD) C, 7 providing an insulin infusion system for diabetics. In the related health care sector Skilled Health Group (SKH) B-, 7 is a company providing long-term health care services.Rounding out the week is the along waited TechTarget (TTGT) C+, 7 a

  • IPO Market Deals Five New Entries (ACM) (BIOD) (JMP) (PINN) (TTPY)

    IPO Market Deals Five New Entries (ACM) (BIOD) (JMP) (PINN) (TTPY)


    This week Mr. Gaskins features analysis of six IPOs. Provided are his grade and ranking for each.First is Aecom Technology (ACM) a firm providing consulting to government and commercial clients. with a grade and rank of B- and 8. Biodel (BIOD) is a biopharma company coming in with C and 6.JMP Group (JMP) a boutique investment bank debuts as C+ and 7. Pinnacle Gas Res (PINN) offers natural gas exploration services C+ and 7. Solera Holdings (SLH) is a software and services company serving auto claims sector C+ and 8. Lastly there is TomoTherapy (TTPY) who develops cancer radiation systems C+ and 8.Also mentioned in this cast are: (FLR) (IBKR) (JEC) (KBR) (SLH) (URS)

  • Are Todays IPOs Making the Grade? Nine to Consider

    Are Today's IPOs Making the Grade? Nine to Consider


    For the week of April 23, 2007Mr. Gaskins keeps the bar firmly high for 2007 IPOs. With market conditions seemingly better the companies coming to market just keep rolling on. But will investors find great opportunity with these offering? Gaskins presents his analysis if recent offerings and those just around the bend.Companies listen in this report are as follows; noting their grade and IPO Hardball rank.CardioMEMS (SENS) a wireless sensors for cardiovascular systems company: C+, 8Cinemark Holdings (CNK) who operates 392 movie theaters: C+, 7EDENOR (END) a large electricity distribution company in Argentina: C+, 7EndoCeutics (ENCX) who develops hormones for cancer & endocrine disorders: C, 5OceanFreight (OCNF) a startup shipper seeking to acquire ships: C+, 6Ocean Power Tech (OPTT) an energy company developing technology to pull electricity from ocean waves: C, 6Orexigen (OREX) who is developing central nervous system disorder treatments: C, 7 Pharmasset (VRUS) creating hepatitis, HIV oral therapeutic tr

  • IPO Market Keeps Buzzing! Metro PCS Leads with $1B IPO

    IPO Market Keeps Buzzing! Metro PCS Leads with $1B IPO


    For the week of April 16 IPO MetroPCS Communications http://www.metropcs.com/ (PCS) leads off with an impressive $1 billion IPO. This wireless communication service company has been waiting for the right moment to hit Wall Street. Will the promise of new 3G http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G features make this cell play the right one? Mr. Gaskins provides the following analysis and rating: Grade/score, B-, 8A trio of smaller IPOs show that Pharma and Energy are still hot. Simcere Pharmaceutical (SCR) http://www.simcere.com/english/about/about.asp has a $210mm IPO. This company is is a double play for those interested in China as well as Pharma. But listen to the analysis and hear why this company rates: Grade/score, B-, 8The last company for this week's analysis is Superior Offshore International http://www.superioroffshore.com/ (DEEP) with a $130mm IPO. This Subsea services to oil/gas comapny gets a Grade/score, C+, 7 from Mr. gaskins. With energy http://www.bloomberg.com/energy/ so hot, find out why th

  • IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - Big Week for IPOs and a Review of Last Week

    IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - Big Week for IPOs and a Review of Last Week


    This cast starts with a review of last week's IPOs and their performance. The following show: Company (ticker), IPO size, % change from IPO price, sector, grade, and score.CastlePoint (CPHL) $89mm, +11%property/casualty insurance/reinsurance: C+, 7Cheniere Energy Partners (CQP) $283mm, +3.5%LP for LNG terminal in Louisiana: C+, 7Glu Mobile (GLUU) $84mm, flatPublishes games for mobile telephones: C+, 7And Blackstone filed a private equity IPOThis weeks IPOs include:Aruba Networks (ARUN), $72mmsecure data wireless networking: C+, 8Capital Products L.P (CPLP) $236mmshipping vessel partnership: C+, 7eTelecare Global (ETEL) $74mmvoice-based business outsourcing: C+, 7Flagstone Reinsure (FSR) $175mmproperty and casualty reinsurance: C+, 7GSI Technology (GSIT) $58mmSRAM integrated circuits: C+, 6SenoRx (SENO) $66mmmedical devices: C, 8Super Micro (SMCI) $84mmhigh performance servers: B-, 7Other companies mentioned in this cast are: (ARUN) (AXP) (BX) (CPHL) (CPLP) (CQP) (CSCO) (CY) (DELL) (ETEL) (EXLS) (GLUU)

  • IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - The Blackstone Group L.P.

    IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - The Blackstone Group L.P.


    The Blackstone Group L.P. $4 billion proposed IPO; proposed symbol (BX)The Blackstone Groupis a leading global alternative asset manager and provider of financial advisory services. One of the largest independent alternative asset managers in the world, with assets under management of approximately $78.7 billion as of March 1, 2007. The alternative asset management businesses includes management of corporate private equity funds, real estate opportunity funds, funds of hedge funds, mezzanine funds, senior debt vehicles, proprietary hedge funds and closed-end mutual funds. Also provides various financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services.This cast also mentions Fortress Investment Group (FIG)

  • IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - This Weeks Roundup and Blackstone Comments

    IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - This Weeks Roundup and Blackstone Comments


    This week Mr Gaskins looks at CastlePoint (CPHL) is a Bermuda holding company organized to provide property and casualty insurance and reinsurance business solutions, products and services primarily to small insurance companies and program underwriting agents in the United States. Tower Group Inc. (TWGP) is the sponsor for Castle's IPOCheniere Energy Partners (CQP) is a limited partnership formed in November 2006 by Cheniere Energy, Inc (LNG) Cheniere Energy Partners has been authorized to list its common units on the American Stock Exchange under the symbol CQP. The partnership will develop, own and operate the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas receiving terminal under construction in western Cameron Parish, La. Other energy related IPOs so far this year include Duncan Energy Partner (DEP) Legacy Reserve (LGCY) MV Oil Trust (MVO) Targa Resources (NGLS)Glu Mobile (GLUU) is a leading global publisher and developer of more than 100 casual and traditional games for the mobile market based on third-party licens

  • IPO Hardball! Observations From Prior Six Months

    IPO Hardball! Observations From Prior Six Months


    Of the 105 IPOs from October 20, 2006 through March 9, 2007, the average gain was 16% For the 10 companies in the tech sector, the average gain was 12%Going into their IPOs Four were profitable AeroVironment (AVAV) IPG Photonics (IPGP) Opnext (OPXT) and Mellanox Technologies (MLNX)Six were unprofitable Clearwire (CLWR) Guidance Software (GUID) Isilon Systems (ISLN) Salary.com (SLRY) Sourcefire (FIRE) and Switch and Data (SDXC)

  • IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - This Weeks Roundup and Review of Last Week

    IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis - This Weeks Roundup and Review of Last Week


    Follow-on analysis of Clearwire Corp. (CLWR) a wireless broadband company, Sourcefire (FIRE)involved in network security, and Xinhua Finance Media Limited (XFML) a Chinese business and financial news corporation.Discussed this week: BigBand Networks (BBND) who provides network platforms for cable operators and telephone companies. Competitors include Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) Motorola Inc. (MOT)FCStone Group (FCSX) a commodity risk management consulting firm. FCSX operates as an integrated FCM (futures commission merchant), which is an organization which assists primarily middle-market customers inoptimizing their profit margins and mitigatingcommodity price risk..Photowatt Tech (PHWT) a company that designs, manufactures and sells photovoltaic solar cells & modules. Photowatt competitors include Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (STP) and SunPower Corporation (SPWR)Tongjitang Chinese Med (TCM) is a specialty pharmaceutical company in China involved in modernized trad Chinese medicine. The flagship product

  • IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis (CLWR) (XGML) (FIRE) (OCGI)

    IPO Hardball! Weekly Analysis (CLWR) (XGML) (FIRE) (OCGI)


    This is the first full IPO Hadrball podcast. This week the following firms are covered.Clearwire (CLWR) The Business builds and operates next generation wireless broadband http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband_wireless networks that enable fast, simple, portable, reliable and affordable Internet communications.Xinhua Finance http://www.xinhuafinance.com/en/ (XFML) The business acquired companies to build an integrated platform of media products and services . Outlets reach an estimated 210 million potential television viewers, a potential listening audience of 33 million people, and the readers of leading magazines and newspapers.Sourcefire (FIRE) The business is a leading provider of intelligence driven, open source network security http://sectools.org/ solutions that enables customers to protect their computer networks in an effective, efficient and highly automated manner.OncoGenex (OCGI) The business is a biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of new cancer therapies

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