IPO Valuation is an art that is obscured by spreadsheets showing hundreds of statistics. In due course, price – perhaps the most important number – finally gets our full attention. This is the final installment in a three-part series covering (i) the Pros and Cons of an IPO, (ii) the IPO Process and (iii) IPO Valuation.
Companies go through the whole IPO process without knowing the price. Understanding what investors and investment bankers evaluate to determine the price is the best way to set expectations. As Caliber Home Loans, Guaranteed Rate, Guild Mortgage, loanDepot and even AmeriHome Mortgage move through the queue and price their offerings, some may get an unwelcome surprise.