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The 165 Companies That Had Their IPO In 2012

companies that had their ipo in 2012 updated

2012 wasn't a particularly different year.

It had its highs and lows the same as any other year.

Everything from financial services companies to technology companies reaching the stock exchange, 2012 saw it all.

However, two juggernauts went public, which profoundly impacted the world. Ten years later, these companies are still growing and shaping our world.

So keep reading to discover which companies went public and how they perform today.

Major world events that happened in 2012 that affected the stock markets

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London Olympics via Jamie Squire

Facebook IPO: In May 2012, Facebook went public in one of the most highly anticipated IPOs in history. Despite the initial excitement, the stock experienced a volatile performance in the following months. It's safe to say that it's generated a profitable return for the early investors.

London Olympics: The 2012 Summer Olympics took place in London, England. Like most Olympic Games, it garners significant global attention and showcases athletic performances, cultural showcases, and memorable moments.

European Debt Crisis: The crisis continued to affect global financial markets throughout 2012. With Greece, Spain, and other countries facing severe economic disasters, including default, it was necessary to bail them out.

Hurricane Sandy: In late October, Hurricane Sandy struck the northeastern United States. It caused widespread damage, power outages, and the unfortunate loss of life. Like many hurricanes, it had second-order effects that significantly impacted various industries and communities.

Top six most interesting companies that went public in 2012

1. Facebook (Rebranded as Meta Platforms)

  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Industry: Internet Content & Information
  • IPO Price: $38
  • IPO Date: May 18, 2012

meta conference

Meta (Facebook) is an iconic social media platform that has changed the behavior of social interaction across the globe. It allows users to connect with friends, family, and businesses. Meta provides a variety of features, such as messaging, photo and video sharing, and live streaming. It also offers a marketplace for buying and selling items and a range of tools for businesses to advertise and promote their products and services.

2. Joe's Crab Shack (Part of Landry's, Inc)

  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Industry: Restaurants
  • IPO Price: $14
  • IPO Date: April 30, 2012

joes crab shack

Joe's Crab Shack is a well-known American seafood restaurant chain that serves various seafood dishes, including crab, shrimp, and fish. They offer a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, as well as a full bar. It was acquired by Landrys in 2017 for $57 Million.

3. Kayak (Acquired by Priceline)

  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Industry: Travel Services
  • IPO Price: $26
  • IPO Date: July 20, 2012

kayak homepage

Kayak is a travel search engine that helps users compare flights, hotels, and rental car prices. It provides a comprehensive overview of travel options and allows users to book their trips directly from the site. While this is their main feature, they also offer a variety of tools to help users plan their trips, such as a currency converter, trip planner, and flight tracker. Only four months after being made public, Priceline acquired Kayak for approximately $1.8 Billion.

4. Oaktree Capital Management (Acquired by Brookfield Asset Management)

  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Industry: Asset Management
  • IPO Price: $43
  • IPO Date: April 12, 2012

oaktree homepage

Oaktree Capital Management is a leading global alternative investment management firm. It specializes in credit strategies, including distressed debt, corporate debt, real estate, and other special situations. Oaktree has over $164 billion in assets under management (as of March 31, 2022) and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. In September 2019, Brookfield Asset Management acquired 61.2% of the company.

5. Workday, Inc.

  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Industry: Software—Application
  • IPO Price: $28
  • IPO Date: October 12, 2012

workday homepage

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. It offers a comprehensive suite of applications for managing global businesses, including financial management, human capital management, planning, analytics, and collaboration. There's a good chance that if you've spent time applying for jobs, you've probably been navigated to a Workday-powered page.

6. Yelp

  • Country: United States of America
  • Stock Exchange: New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Industry: Internet Content & Information
  • IPO Price: $15
  • IPO Date: March 2, 2012

yelp home page

Yelp is an online platform that connects people with local businesses. It provides reviews, photos, and other information about small businesses, allowing users to make informed decisions about where to go and what to buy. Yelp also provides an advertising platform for businesses to promote their services.

All 165 companies that had their IPO in 2012

Company NameYear FoundedTicker CodeCurrent Status
Allison Transmission Hldg Inc1915ALSNActive
Alon USA Partners LP2012ALDWBankrupt
Ambarella Inc2004AMBAActive
Amira Nature Foods Ltd1994ANFIActive
AmREIT Inc2002AMREAcquired
Annie's Inc2004BNNYAcquired by General Mills.
Ares Commercial RE Corp-99ACREActive
Ares Dynamic Credit Allocation2011ARDCActive
Atossa Genetics Inc2009ATOSActive
Audience Inc2000ADNCActive
AVG Technologies NV1991AVGAcquired by Avast
Babson Capital Global Short2011BGHActive
Bazaarvoice Inc2005BVActive
Berry Plastics Group Inc1982BERYAcquired by Berry Global Inc.
BlackRock Muni Target Tr2011BTTActive
Blackstone/GSO Strategic2005BGBActive
Bloomin' Brands Inc1987BLMNActive
Brightcove Inc2004BCOVActive
Caesars Entertainment Corp1937CZRActive
CaesarStone Sdot-Yam Ltd1987CSTEActive
CafePress Inc1999PRSSAcquired.
Capital Bank Financial Corp2009CBFAcquired by First Horizon.
Cempra Inc2005CEMPAcquired by Melinta Therapeutics
Ceres Inc1997CEREActive
ChemoCentryx Inc1997CCXIActive
Chuy's Holdings Inc1982CHUYActive
ClearBridge Energy MLP Total2012CTRActive
Clearsign Combustion Corp2008CLIRActive
Cohen & Steers Limited2012LDPActive
Cushing Renaissance Fund (Renaissance Capital)-99SZCActive
Cushing Royalty & Income Fund-99SRFActive
Del Frisco's Restaurant Grp LL1981DFRGAcquired by L Catterton
Delek Logistics Partners LP-99DKLActive
Demandware Inc2004DWREAcquired by Salesforce
Diamondback Energy Inc2007FANGActive
Digital Cinema Destinations2010DCINActive
Doubleline Opp Cr Fnd2011DBLActive
Durata Therapeutics Inc2009DRTXAcquired by Actavis
E2open Inc2000EOPNActive
Edgen Group Inc1983EDGAcquired by Sumitomo Corporation
Edwards Group Ltd1919EVACAcquired by Atlas Copco.
Eloqua Inc2000ELOQAcquired by Oracle.
Enphase Energy Inc2006ENPHActive
Envivio Inc2000ENVIAcquired by Ericsson.
EPAM Systems Inc1993EPAMActive
EQT Midstream Partners LP2012EQMActive
Erickson Air-Crane Inc1971EACActive
EverBank Financial Corp2004EVERAcquired by TIAA
Exa Corp1991EXAAcquired by Dassault Systèmes
ExactTarget Inc2000ETAcquired by Salesforce
Facebook Inc2004FBActive
First Tr MLP & Energy Income-99FEIActive
Five Below Inc2002FIVEActive
Fleetmatics Group PLC2004FLTXAcquired by Verizon
Forum Energy Technologies Inc1989FETActive
FS Bancorp Inc-99FSBWActive
FX Alliance Inc2006FXAcquired by Thomson Reuters
Gaslog Ltd2003GLOGActive
Georgetown Bancorp Inc-99GTWNActive
Globus Medical Inc2003GMEDActive
Greenway Medical Tech Inc1998GWAYAcquired by Vitera Healthcare Solutions
Grupo Financiero Santander1991SANMEActive
GSE Holding Inc2004GSEBankrupt
Guidewire Software Inc2001GWREActive
Hamilton Bancorp Inc2012HBKActive
Hi-Crush Partners LP2012HCLPBankrupt
Home Loan Servicing Solutions2010HLSSActive
Homestreet Inc1921HMSTActive
Hometrust Bancshares Inc-99HTBIActive
Hyperion Therapeutics Inc2006HPTXAcquired by Horizon Pharma.
Ignite Restaurant Group Inc1991IRGBankrupt
Infoblox Inc1999BLOXActive
Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc2002ICPTActive
JAVELIN Mortgage Invstmnt Corp2012JMIInactive
KAYAK Software Corp2004KYAKAcquired by Booking Holdings.
KYTHERA Biopharmaceuticals Inc2004KYTHAcquired by Allergan
Legg Mason BW Global Income-99BWGActive
Lehigh Gas Partners LP1992LGPAcquired by Energy Transfer Partners
LifeLock Inc2005LOCKAcquired by NortonLifeLock
Linn Co LLC2003LNCOActive
Luxfer Holdings PLC1998LXFRActive
M/A-COM Technology Hldg1952MTSIActive
Madison County Financial Inc2012MCBKActive
MainStay DefinedTerm Municipal-99MMDActive
Manchester United PLC1878MANUActive
Matador Resources Co1988MTDRActive
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc1993MACKBankrupt
Methes Energies International2007MEILUActive
Midstates Petroleum Co Inc1993MPOActive
Millennial Media Inc2006MMAcquired by Tech Mahindra.
Monroe Capital Corp2011MRCCActive
MPLX LP-99MPLXActive
MRC Global Inc1981MRCActive
National Bank Holdings Corp2009NBHCActive
Nationstar Mortgage Hldg Inc1994NSMAcquired by Mr. Cooper Group Inc.
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cot1958NGVCActive
Northern Tier Energy LP2011NTIAcquired by Marathon Petroleum.
Nuveen Intermediate Duration2012NIDActive
Nuveen Preferred & Income Term-99JPIActive
Nuveen Real Asset Income2012JRIActive
Oaktree Capital Group LLC1995OAKActive
OFS Capital Corp2001OFSActive
Pacific Coast Oil Trust-99ROYTActive
Palo Alto Networks Inc2005PANWActive
PBF Energy Inc1958PBFActive
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp1990PSMIAcquired by Murata Manufacturing Co.
Performant Financial Corp1976PFMTAcquired by Premier Inc.
PetroLogistics LP2007PDHInactive
PIMCO Dynamic Income Fund2011PDIActive
Proofpoint Inc2002PFPTAcquired by Thoma Bravo
Proto Labs Inc1999PRLBActive
Prudential Global Short-99GHYActive
Prudential Short Duration High2011ISDActive
Qualys Inc1999QLYSActive
Realogy Holdings Corp1906RLGYActive
Regional Management Corp1987RMActive
Regulus Therapeutics Inc2007RGLSActive
Renewable Energy Group Inc2006REGIActive
Restoration Hardware Hldg Inc1987RHActive
Retail Ppty of Americas Inc2003RPAIActive
Rexnord Corp1950RXNActive
Roundy's Inc1872RNDYAcquired by Kroger.
Ruckus Wireless Inc2004RKUSAcquired by Brocade Communications Systems Inc.
Salient Midstream & MLP Fund-99SMMActive
SandRidge Mississippian2011SDRBankrupt
Seadrill Partners LLC2010SDLPBankrupt
Select Income REIT-99SIRActive
ServiceNow Inc2004NOWActive
Shutterstock Inc2007SSTKActive
Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp-99SBYActive
SolarCity Corp2006SCTYAcquired by Tesla.
Sound Financial Bancorp Inc2012SFBCActive
Southcross Energy Partners LP-99SXEBankrupt
Spirit Realty Capital Inc2003SRCActive
Splunk Inc2003SPLKAcquired by Cisco
Sprott Physical Platinum Pall2012SPPPActive
Stellus Capital Invest Corp-99SCMActive
Stone Harbor Emerging Markets2012EDIActive
Summit Midstream Partners LP2009SMLPActive
Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc2005SUPNActive
Susser Petroleum Partners LP-99SUSPAcquired by Energy Transfer Partners
Synacor Inc1998SYNCActive
TCP Capital Corp-99TCPCActive
Tesaro Inc2010TSROAcquired by GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
The Carlyle Group LP1987CGActive
The WhiteWave Foods Co1977WWAVAcquired by Danone.
Tilly's Inc1982TLYSActive
Tortoise Energy Independence F2012NDPActive
Trulia Inc2005TRLAAcquired by Zillow
Tumi Holdings Inc1975TUMIAcquired by Samsonite
US Silica Holdings Inc1901SLCAActive
Vantiv Inc1970VNTVMerged with Worldpay Inc.
Verastem Inc2010VSTMActive
Vipshop Holdings Ltd2008VIPSActive
Virtus Global Multi-Sector2011VGIActive
Vocera Communications Inc2000VCRAActive
WageWorks Inc2000WAGEAcquired by HealthEquity
Wellesley Bancorp Inc2011WEBKActive
Western Asset Mortgage Capital-99WMCActive
Western Gas Equity Partners LP-99WGPActive
Wheeler REIT Inc2011WHLRActive
WhiteHorse Finance LLC2011WHFActive
Whiting USA Trust II2011WHZActive
Workday Inc2005WDAYActive
Yelp Inc2004YELPActive
YY Inc2005YYActive
US Companies that had their IPO in 2012 and their current status

Frequently asked questions

How many IPOs were there in 2012? 

There were approximately 165 IPOs in 2012 according to Wikipedia data, Crunchbase, Yahoo Finance, Techcrunch, and Jay R. Ritter’s data from UF Warrington College of Business. However, it’s hard to find a complete list of every company that has hit the stock exchange for the first time since the global data is fragmented. Please do your own research to confirm this figure.

Which company that had its IPO in 2012 is currently valued the highest?

As of June 2023, SolarCity (Acquired by Tesla, Inc) has a market capitalization of $725B followed by Meta Platforms with a market capitalization of $684B. Of course, this is subject to change and you should check for the latest data. 

Which companies that had their IPO in 2012 are now defunct?

So far seven companies have been classified as bankrupt (ie. defunct). These include but are not limited to:

– Alon USA Partners LP
– GSE Holding Inc
– Hi-Crush Partners LP
– Ignite Restaurant Group Inc
– SandRidge Mississippian
– Seadrill Partners LLC
– Southcross Energy Partners LP

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