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IPO News: What to look for when Mattress Firm returns to public markets

Mattress Firm is returning to the stock market six years after it was taken private by South African furniture retailer Steinhoff through an acquisition

The initial trends in 2022 show that both small and big companies are keen to enjoy the benefits of being in the stock market, to the extent that even companies that went private in the past are pursuing IPO. Around six years after exiting the stock market, Home décor company Mattress Firm Group Inc. this week made the first to move to become a public entity once again.

The management in a regulatory filing revealed plans for an initial public offering, but the size of the IPO and offer price would be revealed in future filings. Once approved by regulators, the stock will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MFRM. The group of underwriters will be led by Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and Jefferies.

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The Houston-based company, which was founded in 1986, is probably the largest omnichannel mattress specialty retailer in the U.S., based on revenue. As of September 2021, it had 2,353 retail stores across the country and operates the digital platforms and Features like MattressMatcher, an AI-supported tool that allows customers to compare products, give it an edge over rivals.

Return to Market

Interestingly, Mattress Firm is seeking stock market listing around six years after it was taken private by South African furniture retailer Steinhoff, which acquired a majority stake in the company in 2016. But the transaction didn’t help in improving its financial position as Steinhoff was heavily indebted and involved in multiple legal issues. At one point, Mattress Firm filed for bankruptcy protection and was forced to close hundreds of stores, but it managed to avoid a collapse and got back on track. The high debt is the primary challenge facing the comapny.

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Cause for Concern

Also, the business continues to be affected by pandemic-related headwinds, though the recent sales slump looks temporary because it was caused mostly by the postponement of orders, not cancellations. Despite the booming housing market, Mattress Frim’s sales might come under pressure from the weak consumer sentiment and COVID-related restrictions in the near term.

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Meanwhile. the management is working on various initiatives to transform the business by capitalizing on growth opportunities and capturing market share. They include streamlining the store footprint, revising product assortment, digital push, and realigning the cost structure.

Mixed 2020

In fiscal 2020, total revenues increased 35% to $4.4 billion, exceeding the growth of the broad industry. Comparable sales rose 36.1% during the year, reflecting a marked increase in the volume of units sold and average order value. Mattress Firm incurred a loss of $165.1 million vs. a profit of $125.6 million in fiscal 2019.

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