Nextracker just had the year's biggest IPO
Nextracker, the Fremont, Calif.-based solar tracker and software provider, raised $638 million in its IPO — crowning it the biggest since last fall.
Why it matters: Sure, it's only February, the IPO market is lousy, and $638 million is a fraction of the largest IPOs last year.
- But a solar-components supplier topping the list is yet another reflection of just how far the renewable energy sector has come.
Details: Nextracker targeted a share price of $20-$23. It ended up selling 3.3 million more shares than anticipated, at a price of $24 per share.
- That puts the company's fully diluted market value at $3.4 billion when it begins trading on Nasdaq.
Of note: Nextracker's parent is Flex, which retains control of the company. TPG is among Nextracker's backers.
State of play: Nextracker held a leading 37% of U.S. market share in 2021, per data from Wood Mackenzie.
- That's down from 58% in 2017.
- The company has faced increasingly fierce competition from Array Technologies, which in 2021 matched Nextracker's domestic market share.
Yes, but: Nextracker commanded 30% of the global market in 2021, compared to Array's 18%.
Zoom out: Other areas in climate tech have generated some of the biggest IPOs in recent years.
- LG Energy Solution, the South Korean battery maker, raised $10.8 billion in its IPO in January 2022.
- Rivian, the now-troubled California electric pickup and SUV manufacturer, raised $11.9 billion in its IPO in November 2021.
Context: There have been 13 U.S. IPOs so far this year and just 71 last year — down from the huge peak of 397 in 2021.