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IPO Scorecard: Annie’s Is Yummy, Tech Crushed

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In a week heavy with housing data, the final few days are expected to bring a slew of IPOs that include two real-estate focused companies: online listing company Trulia and real estate investment trust (REIT) company Spirit Realty Capital.

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The San-Francisco based-Trulia is scheduled to price Wednesday and start trading on the NYSE Thursday under the ticker symbol TRLA; the company is planning to sell 6 million shares in an expected range of $14 to $16, according to a regulatory filing earlier this month. Its close competitor Zillow (Z) went public  last July and is up 23% from then; the stock is up 53% year-over-year and has seen gains of 90% so far in 2012.

Arizona-based Spirit Realty (set to trade as SRC on the NYSE) is looking to raise as much as $487 million in an IPO that will be the largest REIT offering since May of 2011, according to an article by the Wall Street Journal.

As the Journal reports, other real estate companies -- including Realogy Corp. and Archstone Public, brought to you by Lehman Brothers as part of its post-bankruptcy unwinding -- could start trading in the next several weeks.  This renewed activity in the real estate realm should help continue the conversation around whether housing has truly bottomed and will forge ahead on a slow path to health following its decimation dating back five years ago.

Along with Trulia and Spirit, other companies scheduled to go public this week are commercial electric truck maker Smith Electric Vehicles (SMTH on the Nasdaq); Capital Bank Financial (CBF on the Nasdaq); Drug manufacturer GlobeImmune (GBIM on the Nasdaq), National Bank Holdings (NBHC on the NYSE) and Susser Petroleum Partners (SUSP on the Nasdaq), according to IPO Scoop.

This heavy IPO activity follows a very slow month; the last company to go public was mineral manufacturer Hi-Crush Partners on Aug. 15. Early August was busier, with companies including Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), Peregrine Semiconductor (PSMI) and the iconic sports team Manchester United (MANU) launching amid the pain still being felt by the debacle-filled offering of the year (and some say the most disastrous IPO ever) -- Facebook (FB), of course. And although FB's stock has surged 13% since typically reticent CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at a TechCrunch conference last week, shares, at $22, are still trading far below the IPO price of $38.

Now seems like a good time to revisit the IPO scorecard theme. This time we're dipping  into the pool of the last 100 companies to go public before this week's rush. Here are the top and bottom 5, listed here -- as in our last post -- strictly by return on offer price (as of market close on September 18).

Top 5

-- High-end fashion brand Michael Kors (KORS) went public in December of last year, with an offer price of $20 on 47.2 million shares as it began trade on the NYSE. On its first day of trading, it closed at $24.20. Now trading at $52.60, the stock has seen a return on offer price of 163%.

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-- Annie's (BNNY), the maker of organic and often bunny-shaped food offerings including mac 'n' cheese, pizza and fruit snacks, debuted on the NYSE on March 28 at an offer price of $19 (5 million shares). Trading now at $48, the stock is up 152%.

--  GuideWire Software (GWRE), which offers core insurance-based software to businesses, started trading on the Nasdaq on January 25.  It offered 8.9 million shares at $13. Trading now at $31, shares are up 139%.

-- Biotech company NewLink Genetics (NLNK) went public on November 11 of last year, with an offer price of $7 (6.2 million shares). Now sitting at $16, the Nasdaq stock has seen a boost of 132% since its debut.

-- Software company Splunk (SPLK) started trading on the Nasdaq on April 19, at an offer price of $17. Now trading at $38, the stock has popped 121% since then.

Bottom Dwellers

-- Digital Domain Media Group (DDMGQ), best known of late for its Tupac Shakur hologram, recently made more news after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It went public just last November, pricing at $8.50 a share. It is now a 0.21 stock. That's a 97% plunge.

-- Another tech company, Envivo (ENVI), which deals in the on-demand multi-screen IP video processing and delivery space, is feeling the IPO pain, down down 73% since pricing at $9 last April. It's trading at $2 and change now.

-- The much maligned Groupon (GRPN) has seen a big lift this week following its announcement that is has entered the digital payment space. Whether or not this will be a good thing, long term, for the company's business model remains to be seen, but it still holds a place as one of the worst IPOs in the list of the last 100. The company priced at $26.11 in November of last year. It's now trading at $5 and change, down 73% since the IPO.

-- While Facebook doesn't quite make the bottom five, Zynga (ZNGA), the online game company with very close ties to the social networking giant, is not having good times in Farmville these days. The company offered its shares at $10 back in December of last year. It's now trading at $3.00 and change, a 68% plunge.

-- Audience Inc. (ADNC) had a bad day recently when it was announced that its voice and noise suppression technology would not be used with the new Apple (AAPL) iPhone. Just more bad news for one of the bottom 5 IPOs of the past 100, as the company that prices at $17 in May of this year now finds its stock at $6 and change, down 59% since it went public.

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