Go Daddy’s rumored IPO took a step towards reality as Go Daddy filed its initial public offering. Actually, the more interesting aspect about Go Daddy is their trend history on Google Trends. Looks to me like the two spikes in search volume in the first quarter of 2005 and 2006 coincide with their Superbowl ads. Now, if you already know the company is called Go Daddy, why are you searching for go daddy in Google instead of just going directly to www.godaddy.com?
The Motley Fool: Is Escala licked? The homes and offices of Forum Filatelico and Afinsa Bienes Tangibles — the parent company of Escala — were raided by Spanish authorities and nine people were arrested on suspicion of various criminal charges. Essentially they are being charged with running a glorified confidence game.
I’ve posted Escala contracts online.
Reuters: DivX files with U.S. SEC for $135 mln IPO. Media software maker DivX Inc. may raise up to $135 million in an initial public offering, according to regulatory a filing on Friday.
Why that sounds almost respectable. That’s not what they were calling DivX a few years ago. I found some interesting DivX contracts, including a Google Toolbar Distribution Agreement and an MPEG-4 License Agreement.
Washington Post: Google to Buy 5% Of AOL for $1 Billion. Google Inc. is buying a 5 percent stake in Dulles-based America Online Inc. for $1 billion as part of a far-reaching business and advertising partnership aimed at boosting AOL’s financial prospects as the Internet service struggles with the loss of millions of subscribers.
I know this is old news, but I just got around to adding the AOL agreements to the Google contracts page.
CBC Canada: Corel returns as publicly traded company. Corel’s stock price closed at $17.95, down 16 cents from the company’s initial public offering price of $18.11.
Shares in Corel, which was taken private in 2003 by San Francisco-based Vector Capital, also began trading on Nasdaq after being priced at $16 US. The stock finished at $15.85 US.
If a public company is taken private, then sells shares to the public again, does this still count as an IPO? After all, this isn’t exactly its “initial” public offering. I’ve added updated the Corel contracts page with the contracts from their most-recent IPO.
Dallas Business Journal: Aviall being sold to Boeing for $1.7B cash. Aviall Inc., an aviation parts and services company based in Dallas, says it is being acquired by Boeing in a $1.7 billion cash deal. Chicago-based Boeing (NYSE: BA), the world’s largest aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, will pay Aviall stockholders $48 a share, plus the assumption of about $350 billion in debt. The share price is 27.3 percent higher than Aviall’s closing price of $37.70 on Friday.