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   Technology StocksGreenMountain.com (GMTN) Selling Earth-friendly Energy


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To: Melismatics who wrote (11)6/22/1999 8:45:00 PM
From: Trevor Goodchild
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Quote.com's ratings look to be based on empirical data related to the underwriter and co-underwriters. It looks to be a mathematical rating only. In other words, anything underwritten by Goldman Sachs will have a good rating; anything underwritten by one of the smaller Investment banks with a poor track record will not. Think of it as a power rating. GS is less likely to be the underwriter on losers and they have enough institutional leverage to support the markets of the so-so companies. Some of these Investment banks just don't have the rolodexes, clientele, capital, and pull on the market to support some of these IPOs. Remember, every time a person flips his shares, the market maker has to buy those shares if they want to protect the price. Also remember that quite a bit of their compensation is tied to their ability to overallocate shares for themselves at the IPO price.

I think GS will guarantee a succesful IPO for GMTN, however, whether that holds for 30 days (my criteria) is the issue.

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To: Trevor Goodchild who wrote (15)6/23/1999 9:11:00 PM
From: Bob Zeleznik
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So now the offering price range has been lowered and they've
halved the number of shares. Obviously demand wasn't what
was expected. Will this discount strategy pay off and attract
new interest, or is this just clearly a dud?

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To: Bob Zeleznik who wrote (16)6/23/1999 11:22:00 PM
From: Teddy
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i glanced at the Prospectus a couple of weeks ago and figured there would be little interest in the IPO. It is not really a 'net company and deregulation in the electric industry is state by state and moving slowly.

Maybe i'd buy 100 shares @$3 to get that warm fuzzy feeling of doing something Green.

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To: Teddy who wrote (17)6/25/1999 2:58:00 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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>>It is not really a 'net company...<<

Good observation. The following article is from internet.news.com:

internetnews.com

Dot.Frauds on the Run June 25, 1999
By Chris Nerney
Senior Analyst Stock Report Archives
The game could be up for those non-Internet companies dressed in
cyber-clothing.

Dazed and panicky investors may not have fully appreciated the beneficial effects of the recent Internet stocks slump, but it's now clear that the newly skeptical atmosphere has had one immediate and positive impact: Bogus Internet companies are being exposed and punished.

And these companies know it. You can bet that's why Vermont-based GreenMountain.com pushed back its IPO from Thursday to next week, reduced the number of shares it will offer from 25 million to 12 million shares and cut the price range from $11-$13 to $9.

Company executives and the IPO's underwriters, including Prudential Securities and BancBoston Robertson Stephens, clearly must have known the market would never swallow a $250 million offering from a company with $1.5 million in revenue and $46 million in losses in 1998, especially a purported "Internet" company that does what GreenMountain.com does.

Which is to resell electricity generated from "green" power resources such as wind, geothermal and landfill gas (gas from a landfill is "green"?) to customers in California and Pennsylvania. Formed in 1997 as Green Mountain Energy Resources, the company says "more than 99% of our revenues have come from green electricity sales" in those two states.

Here's GreenMountain.com's link to the Internet: It has a Web site offering green educational information to users and runs banner ads on Yahoo! Yeah, supposedly it "markets" its services online, but so what? I'm sorry, but as noble as the company's goals may be, none of that makes it a dot.anything.

Another Internet phony was hammered last week.

Streamline, a Boston-area food delivery company, closed on its first day of trading last Friday at $7.63, or 24% below its $10 offer price. If you consider Streamline an Internet company, that's the worst debut of the year for a 'Net IPO.

But Streamline is hardly a pure 'Net play. The company was formed six years ago to deliver food and other consumer items to households in and around Boston. Customers could place orders via phone or fax. Now the majority of orders are received through the Internet.

All well and good, but surely not an "Internet" play in the manner of a Lycos, eToys or Wit Capital.

I say it's time to out these Internet imposters. I'll be scouring the S-1s for clues about who is and who isn't a real Internet company.

To make this determination, I will ask the following: Would this company exist if the Internet did not exist? If the answer is no, then it's an Internet company. If it is yes, as is the case with Streamline and GreenMountain.com, then it simply is not an Internet company.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (18)6/28/1999 11:41:00 AM
From: BC
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When is the IPO coming out?

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To: BC who wrote (19)6/28/1999 11:51:00 AM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Ostman's IPO Alert has them listed for this week.

ostman.com

Barron's also has them listed as coming out this week.

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To: Glenn Petersen who wrote (20)6/29/1999 11:51:00 AM
From: Mark Kubo
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This just reported in TheStreet.com -

The debut of GreenMountain.com (GMTN:Nasdaq), an Internet retailer of environmentally friendly electricity products, was postponed due to market conditions after the company slashed its proposed offering to 12 million shares from 25 million and cut the offering range to around $9 from $11 to $13.

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