Is Internet Industry Facing an IPO Bubble 2.0?
25 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2014 Last revised: 17 Jul 2015
Date Written: December 3, 2014
During the so called dot-com bubble period in the late 1990s, the question of whether the Internet stock prices could be explained or not by companies’ fundamentals was intensely discussed and studied. Ten years later, the high valuations of recent Internet IPOs, justified mostly on the basis of a growing number of Internet users and less on the basis of the companies’ fundamentals, led many to wonder if the Internet industry is facing a valuation bubble 2.0. This study explores the impact of the major (financial and non-financial) value-drivers, identified during the previous dot-com bubble, on the recent Internet companies’ IPO stock price and whether that impact differs from the one observed in the previous dot-com wave. Additionally, by analyzing more than one non-financial measure at the same time we are able to identify the relative incremental explanatory power on the IPO stock price of those non-financial measures.
Keywords: IPO, Internet, Valuation, Media hype, Web traffic
JEL Classification: G12, G14, G32
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