A warm welcome on Wall Street

Contact: Brenon Daly

Against a backdrop that has the major stock market indexes at their highest level in about three years, investors have apparently signaled that they are ready to take a chance again on new issues. A pair of IPOs came to market Thursday at significantly higher-than-expected prices, and promptly surged in aftermarket trading. Collectively, the offerings for Responsys and 21Vianet raised a healthy $274m for the two companies.

In the hotter of the two IPOs, Chinese hosting company 21Vianet Group sold 13 million American Depository Shares at $15 each. (That raised $195m for the company, half again as much money as it originally planned to raise based on the midpoint of its initial range.) In the aftermarket, shares were changing hands at about $21 each. (We’ll have a full report on the company and its outlook in tonight’s Daily 451.)

Meanwhile, on-demand marketing software vendor Responsys also found a warm welcome on Wall Street. The offering, which we expected to be strong, raised $79m for Responsys. The company priced its 6.6-million-share offering at $12 each, roughly 30% above the midpoint of the initial range. Investors bid up the stock to about $15.50 in afternoon trading. With 44.1 million shares outstanding, Responsys garners a value of some $680m, slightly more than 7 times 2010 sales and almost 5x our projection for 2011 sales.