Keating Investments, LLC, the investment adviser to Keating Capital, Inc. (Nasdaq: KIPO), has released a new white paper titled “The Fatal Flaw in Underwriter Selection by Venture Capital-backed Companies: Why Issuers Should Not Rely Solely on Bulge Bracket Bookrunners.”The paper, authored by Timothy J. Keating, President of Keating Investments and CEO of Keating Capital, outlines the reasons that most venture capital-backed companies choose “all-star” IPO underwriters and why these underwriters often fail to produce all-star results.
Keating’s paper argues that it is human nature to assume that bigger is better, but that isn’t necessarily the case when venture capital-backed companies choose lead underwriters for their initial public offerings.
Mr. Keating states, “Just as was the case with the popular book/movie Moneyball, most venture capital-backed companies choose “all-star” IPO underwriters based on flawed premises that often fail to produce all-star results.
“We believe the same groupthink forces are at work regarding underwriter selection for venture capital-backed IPOs, the result of which is an effective oligopoly of three investment banks who, on a combined basis, have served as the lead left bookrunner on 59% of the 148 venture-backed IPOs that have been completed from January 1, 2010 to June 30, 2013 (venture-backed IPOs represented 30% of the total 499 IPOs during this 3½-year period). This market concentration has contributed to sub-optimal outcomes for these issuers and, because of the central role that IPOs play in small business capital formation, causes distortions in capital allocation, and ultimately negatively impacts the returns to venture capital investors.”
The white paper provides a comprehensive overview of the price and non-price dimensions (prestige and analyst coverage) that issuers use in underwriter selection and outlines the “myths and realities” of analyst coverage which has led to a bookrunner oligopoly.
In the conclusion, the white paper argues that small-cap issuers should include non-bulge bracket firms as bookrunners and select a blend of underwriters after having carefully considered the following:
“After such careful consideration then, and only then, choose the bookrunners,” Mr. Keating concludes.
To download the entire white paper, go to http://keatingcapital.com/newsroom/white-papers/.
About Keating Investments, LLC and Keating Capital, Inc.
Keating Investments, LLC (www.KeatingInvestments.com) is a Greenwood Village, Colorado-based SEC registered investment adviser founded in 1997, and the investment adviser to Keating Capital, Inc. (Nasdaq: KIPO). Keating Capital is a publicly traded Business Development Company that specializes in making pre-IPO investments in emerging growth companies that are committed to and capable of becoming public. Keating Capital provides investors with the ability to participate in a unique fund that allows its stockholders to share in the potential value accretion that we believe typically occurs once a company transforms from private to public status.
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