IPO fever catches on

Last week marked nine consecutive weeks of IPO filings in the United States, and private equity firms are not waiting on the sidelines to get their companies listed.

Since the middle of June, 32 companies have filed to take themselves public, including 14 with private equity sponsors. Thus far, only Hyatt Hotels, which filed to sell $1.5 billion worth of shares, has topped the $1 billion mark.

The private equity-backed deals include:

• Hyatt Hotels, backed by Goldman Sachs and Madrone Capital Partners;

HealthPort, backed by ABRY Partners;

Dollar General, backed by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.;

AEI, backed by Ashmore Investment Management Ltd., part of Ashmore Group Plc, as well funds managed by Eton Park Capital;

Mirion Technologies, backed by American Capital;

InfrastruX Group Inc., owned by Tenaska Power Fund;

Fortinet, with venture backing from Redpoint Ventures (15.5%), Meritech Capital Partners (10.9%), Acorn Campus Ventures, DCM, Defta Partners and WI Harper Group;

Ancestry.com, backed by Spectrum Equity Partners;

RailAmerica, backed by Fortress Investment Partners;

Bayview Mortgage Capital, backed by The Blackstone Group;

Vitamin Shoppe, backed by Irving Place Capital;

Ladder Capital, backed by GI Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners;

Addus Homecare Corp., based by Eos Partners; and

Apollo Commercial Real Estate, an affiliate of Apollo Management.

Erin Griffith