IPO Roundup: TeleCommunication Systems enjoys decent debut

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Communication engineering services firm TeleCommunications Systems (Nasdaq: TSYS) closed up 8, or 47 percent, to 25 in its initial public offering Tuesday.

The 4.7 million-share offering priced at the top of its original $15-17 range.

The company develops applications for wireless delivery of Internet content, and the US government accounts for around 65 percent of the company's sales. For 1999, the company had $1.3 million in losses on sales of $45.8 million.

Lead underwriter for the deal is Chase H&Q and co-managers are DB Alex Brown and Salomon Smith Barney.

  • Pemstar (Nasdaq: PMTR), the only profitable tech company debuting Tuesday, gained 2 1/2 to 13 1/2 Tuesday after pricing its 8.4 million shares at $11 each, the bottom of its $11 to $13 a share range.

    The contract manufacturer of wireless and optical systems is run by former employees of IBM (NYSE: IBM), which accounts for 37 percent of Pemstar's sales.

    For the year ended March 31, the company had a net income of $2.7 million on net sales of $393.8 million, as opposed to an income of $1.7 million on net sales of $187.4 million for the same period in 1999.

    Competitors include Solectron (NYSE: SLR) , SCI Systems (NYSE: SCI) and Celestica (NYSE: CLS), according to Hoover's Online.

    Lead underwriter for the deal is Lehman Brothers. Co-managers include Robertson Stephens and Chase H&Q.

  • Mind C.T.I. (Nasdaq: MNDO) closed unchanged at 10 in its inauspicious debut Tuesday.

    The Israeli company provides software for Internet telephony billing/customer care.

    Lead underwriter for the deal is Lehman Brothers. Co-managers are USB Piper Jaffray and CIBC World Markets.
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