Week in Review: Steinway, BlackBerry, and IPOs

Billy Fink Axial | August 16, 2013

Here are a few major stories from this past week:

The IPO Resurgence: While there have been serious doubts about the IPO market in the past year, activity in August suggests a new era may be on the horizon. Between July 31 and August 9, 16 companies went public — with five in just one day. While many investors cheer the resurgence, others are more worried.  The surge has also caused FINRA to look into analysts — and see if they’ve been pitching IPOs.

Steinway Saga: Go-shops rarely work. Unless you’re one of the most recognized piano makers in the world — and a hedge fund billionaire has a love for your pianos. Earlier this week, John A. Paulson topped Kohlberg’s $35 offer for Steinway. After Kohlberg declined to make a better counteroffer, the deal closed for $512 million — or $38 per share.

BlackBerry on the Block: BlackBerry announced on Monday morning that it was exploring “strategic options” to save the waning brand. The rapidity of BlackBerry’s demise makes it a less than ideal purchase — and some believe it won’t fetch more than $12 or $13 per share. There are talks that the best way to handle the once-mighty BlackBerry would be in a club deal.

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