CA Micro-Turbine Maker Strikes It Big In IPO
With transmission grids struggling with each new summer heat
wave, an aspiring California-based company pushing off-grid
microturbines, Capstone Turbine Corp., launched a successful
initial public offering (IPO) Thursday, raising $130 million, and
closing the first day of trading, June 29, at almost $48/share,
three times the initial asking price of $16. Friday's close was
$45.06 after hitting a high for the day of $49-plus.
The Woodland Hills, CA-based firm was founded in 1988 to create
cleaner motor vehicles and has yet to show a profit, having lost
$29 million last year, but it has a commercially available
microturbine that runs on everything from natural gas to sour gas
in petroleum production fields. Capstone generated revenues of
$6.69 million last year while withstanding its biggest loss ever.
The company plans to use the IPO proceeds for capital tooling
and manufacturing equipment, expanding its sales/marketing efforts,
continuing product development and payment to one of its major
backers, New Zealand-based Fletcher Challenge Limited, "as part of
a buyback of marketing rights and for general corporate purposes,"
Capstone said in its IPO filing of March 22.
Richard Nemec, Los Angeles
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