The Biggest IPO Flops

AAA

Ever since the credit crunch and Great Recession KO'ed the IPO market in the late 2000's, it has been difficult for companies to raise money and go public. But, a successful IPO is no guarantee of a long run as a successful company or stock; the IPO frenzy of the 1990s, for instance, created a great deal of excitement and small fortunes for nimble traders, but also left a lot of wreckage. This year is no exception, with the recent news of online gaming company King Digital Entertainment limping to the finish on its opening day of trading with a 16% drop from its IPO price. While King Digital has the dishonor of being the worst IPO so far this year, history shows that we'll have many more woeful IPO tales to examine as the year unfolds. Here is a look at some memorable IPOs from the past that failed, flopped or otherwise flamed out.

  1. No results found.
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    The Biggest IPO Flops

    The successful offering of General Motors may reinvigorate the IPO market, but investors should remember to be cautious when investing in new companies.
  2. Investing

    IPO Stinkers: The Biggest IPO FAILS of 2014

    Despite a booming market, some IPOs crashed and burned. Sure, going public brings a flood of capital, but it can also expose a company to unpredictable market forces.
  3. Small Business

    The Biggest IPO Flops

    Even with the uncertainties of IPOs, companies will keep issuing them in efforts to grow their enterprises, and some will end in disaster.
  4. Investing

    Top Reasons IPO Valuations Miss The Mark (MS, ZNGA)

    The costly services of investment banks don’t necessarily guarantee accuracy in IPO pricing.
  5. Insurance

    Initial Public Offering (IPO) Explained

    An initial public offering (IPO) marks the start of a company's publicly traded life. Find out why companies undergo IPOs, and how the process works.
  6. Insights

    The 6 Most Famous Failed Video Game Makers (KING, ZNGA)

    The video-game industry pulls in $100 billion in revenue annually. Failed companies offer a cautionary tale.
  7. Managing Wealth

    IPO 101: What You Need to Know About Going Public

    Taking a company public isn't easy. Here's what you need to know to make sure you and your firm are prepared for the realities of being a public entity.
  8. Investing

    IPO Basics Tutorial

    What's an IPO, can you get in on one, and will they make you rich?
Hot Definitions
  1. SEC Form 13F

    A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), also known as the Information Required of Institutional Investment ...
  2. Quantitative Easing

    An unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases private sector financial assets in order to lower interest ...
  3. Risk Averse

    A description of an investor who, when faced with two investments with a similar expected return (but different risks), will ...
  4. Indirect Tax

    A tax that increases the price of a good so that consumers are actually paying the tax by paying more for the products. An ...
  5. Zero-Sum Game

    A situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so that the net change in wealth or benefit is zero. ...
  6. Beta

    Beta is a measure of the volatility, or systematic risk, of a security or a portfolio in comparison to the market as a whole. ...
Trading Center