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Could J&J’s IPO Kick Off A Wave Of IPOs?

Johnson & Johnson could be leading the pack of a wave of IPOs, ending a drought that has lasted a little more than a year.

The pharmaceutical and medical device company that owns popular drugstore brands like Tylenol, Band-Aid and Neutrogena announced on Tuesday it would spin off its consumer health division, Kenvue, and launch it on the public markets after raising $3.5 billion. The company would be valued at $40 billion. 

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We’ve heard rumblings from the private market that IPOs may be back after being abandoned for more than a year. Fast-fashion unicorn Shein was supposedly in talks to consider an IPO this year, and payments platform Stripe explored going public in 2024 to address expiring shares

But this is the real deal. J&J confirmed news reports of its IPO plans, saying it would offer more than 151 million shares of stock at around $20 to $23 per share. 

The long list of anticipated IPOs

It’s not the only one. BranchOut Food, a snack foods startup, filed for an IPO on Monday. After a failed SPAC merger, ticketing platform SeatGeek filed for an IPO last week. And although yogurt company Chobani pulled its IPO in September, the CEO said it’s not fully off the table.

It seems like companies are enthusiastic about making their debuts in the public market, and for good reason — the loan valve from two large, startup-friendly banks has effectively been shut off. Silicon Valley Bank collapsed, almost overnight, and USB acquired Credit Suisse, tightening credit conditions. 

It’s also true that many startups, after raising large volumes of capital in 2021, are starting to run out of money. 

It’s a sharp turn from two years ago, when more than 400 U.S.-based startups went public. In 2022, that number dwindled dramatically to 91, according to Crunchbase data.

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