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What has 1993 done for you lately?
Sure, hopping into the DeLorean with Michael J. Fox to go back 15 years in time may not be your ideal first stop. Although, that’s exactly what we’re going to do since we’re celebrating the Motley Fool’s 15-year anniversary. 1993 also gave us Jurassic Park and Arrested Development's "Mr. Wendal." Unfortunately, the same year also unleashed Mrs. Doubtfire and Ace of Base.
You have to take the good with the bad. There can be no feast without famine, and vice versa. The same theory applies to the IPO market. Yes, 1993 was the year in which Intuit
I'm not going to key in on the Boston Chickens of 1993. Way too many companies go public with starry eyes, only to disappoint their investors. I'm going to write about the companies that went public in 1993 and are alive and kicking 15 years later.
Getting into it with Intuit
Intuit was a Wall Street debutante in 1993, just a year after introducing its QuickBooks accounting software. The company used its IPO proceeds to buy TurboTax developer Chipsoft later that year.
Cornering the market on small office accounting and tax preparation programs, Intuit has been the welcome beneficiary of the self-empowering computer revolution. That tiny company that dared to go public in 1993 closed out fiscal 2008 with net income of $451 million on $3.1 billion in revenue.
With over 8,000 employees, it's hard to imagine where Intuit would be if it hadn't gone public in 1993. Would its Quicken and QuickBooks franchises that sell so well at the beginning of the year be as powerful if the company wasn't a major player in tax filings a few months later?
Beyond the virtual bean counters
Who else went public besides Intuit? I thought you'd never ask.
1993 was a bumper crop for technology debuts, though naturally this was a couple of years before the Internet-based players flooded the market. Let's go over a few of the notable members that came out of the 1993 graduating class.
Sanmina-SCI topped the $10 billion mark in annual sales last year but has struggled with its profitability. Meanwhile, Jabil's steady flow of earnings and its hefty dividend yield of 4.4% find it commanding the larger market cap of the two.
Then, JDS Uniphase crashed along with many tech stocks after the dot-com bubble collapsed. In a humbling move after a history of so many forward splits, JDS Uniphase declared a 1-for-8 reverse stock split two years ago.
Even more arrivals to the 15 year reunion
While we're still on the subject of aerospace, Gilat Satellite Networks
Plenty of notable 1993 IPOs no longer trade on their own, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. CPU manufacturer Cyrix was snapped up by National Semiconductor a few years after breaking through. Veritas Software merged with Symantec
Yes, if there's anything that can be said of the class of 1993, it's that many of its star pupils fared well on their own, or shook their moneymakers long enough to marry well.
In short, Fooldom is in good company with good companies.
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