Category Archives: By the Numbers

Shake Shack Shimmies Up The Charts – Big IPO Debut

We previously mentioned Shake Shack’s IPO filing here. SHAK increased its offering range from $14-16 to $17-19 and ultimately priced at $21, raising $105 million (before expenses and underwriting discounts).  Demand was obviously high for these burger purveyors.  At this … Continue reading

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Wet Seal In Default On Loans, Closes Stores and Fires Employees

Wet Seal gets (very little) breathing room from lenders, but trouble ahead. It has been tough for clothing retailers as dEliA*s and Deb Stores recently filed for bankruptcy. Is Wet Seal next? Today they announced that the Company was closing … Continue reading

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Some Light On The Xiaomi Valuation

The valuation on the recent financing for Xiaomi got a lot of attention. Here are some facts. Upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi made some waves recently as its $1.1 Billion funding valued it at over $46 billion. The Wall Street … Continue reading

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Shake Shack Files for IPO

Serving up burgers, fries, ice cream and Enlightened Hospitality. Shake Shack files for IPO. Shake Shack is not just the latest casual dining company filing to go public, it is a modern day “roadside” burger stand. It was founded by … Continue reading

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Castlight Health Soars In IPO. Why?

Castlight Health prices IPO above range, shares rise sharply in debut. Do Castlight’s results and prospects justify its valuation?   Castlight Health, Inc. (NYSE: CSLT) went on the road for its IPO with a prospectus offering 11.1 million shares of … Continue reading

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Zynga Ride Continues With Acquisition Of Mobile Gaming Company And More Layoffs

Zynga sees surge after news of acquisition and layoffs and earnings release. NaturalMotion acquired by Zynga Yesterday, Zynga announced that it had acquired NaturalMotion, a creator of mobile games and animation software. Zynga will pay $391 million in cash and … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart and Costco: The Latest Idiotic Argument About Employee Wages

Wal-Mart and Costco employee pay saga drones on following State of the Union address.     After the hair dryer-like drone of last night’s state of the union address featuring the prez praising Costco, a Facebook friend reposted one of … Continue reading

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SunGard to Spinoff “Availability Services” Business – Disruption From The Cloud

SunGard announced plans to spinoff its Availability Services division, much like the missing “u” in its name, as the Cloud disrupts its business. SunGard to Spinoff Availability Services Business   SunGard Data Systems Inc. is of the world’s leading software … Continue reading

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Volcker Rule’s Victims – Zions To Reclassify, Divest CDO Portfolio

Volcker Rule, an ill-advised part of ill-advised “comprehensive reform” statute, is wielded like a blunt instrument. Dodd and Frank continue reign of terror after leaving Congress. Zions Bancorporation announced that it believes that almost all of its CDO portfolio will be … Continue reading

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Electronic Arts Online and Mobile Strategies Show How They Both Destabilize And Provide Opportunities For Game Makers

Latest SEC filing shows growth in some areas and an impact on income.   Electronic Arts’ online and mobile sectors are proving challenging to integrate into a physical game world, with impacts on business strategy and financial planning. For regular readers, … Continue reading

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