This Week's Upcoming IPO Calendar Includes Two Biggest Deals of 2015 (NYSE: FDC)

upcoming ipo calendarThere are 11 companies on this week's upcoming IPO calendar. According to Renaissance Capital, a manager of IPO-focused ETFs, they include the largest and second-largest deals of the year.

The biggest IPO of 2015 so far will be First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC).

First Data is an e-commerce company that processes payments for banks and financial institutions. The firm processes trillions of dollars in credit and debit card transactions for large and small businesses.

First Data is highly dependent on consumer spending, which has skyrocketed this year. In May, U.S. consumer spending increased 0.9%, the largest rise since 2009. August saw a 0.4% increase despite volatility in global stock markets toward the end of the month.

The First Data IPO will be the third billion-dollar IPO this year after Tallgrass Energy GP LP (NYSE: TEGP) and Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: CPPL). The company will raise $3 billion by selling 160 million shares at an $18 to $20 price range. It's valued at $17.6 billion and will hit the market on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Here are 10 more deals on the upcoming IPO calendar, including 2015's second-largest IPO...

10 More Companies on the Upcoming IPO Calendar

Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE: ABS) is the third-largest U.S. grocery chain behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). Last March, Albertsons acquired grocery chain Safeway Inc. for $9.4 billion. The acquisition doubled the company's size in an effort to counter fierce competition from Wal-Mart and other large discounters. For the year ended in February 2015, Albertsons posted losses of $1.2 billion on sales of $27.2 billion. It will be the second-largest deal of the year by raising $1.6 billion. It will offer 65.3 million shares at a price range of $23 to $26. Albertsons is valued at $11.9 billion and will start trading on Thursday, Oct. 15.

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Capitol Acquisition Corp. III (Nasdaq: CLACU) is a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) formed by entrepreneur Mark Ein. It is the investor's third blank-check company after merging Capitol Acquisition Corp. II (Nasdaq: CLAC) with Lindblad Expeditions Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: LIND). Like its predecessor, Capitol Acquisition III was created solely to pursue an acquisition in any industry. The firm will generate $350 million by selling 35 million shares for $10 each. CLACU stock will make its debut on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

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American Farmland Co. (NYSE: AFCO) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns 18 farms in California, Illinois, and Florida. It will be the first REIT to go public since Community Healthcare Trust Inc. (NYSE: CHCT) in May. This year's six REIT IPOs have an average return of 1%, with half of them trading above their offer price. American Farmland will raise $114 million by offering 12 million shares at a price range of $8.50 to $10.50. It's valued at $252 million and will go public on Friday, Oct. 16.

Strongbridge Biopharma Plc. (Nasdaq: SBBP) will raise $76 million by offering 4.25 million shares for $17.93 each. After multiple delays, the late-stage biotech is expected to start trading sometime this week.

Adesto Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: IOTS) is set to generate $45 million by selling 4.1 million shares at a $10 to $12 price range. The flash-storage firm should hit the market sometime this week.

Sole Elite Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: SOLE) is set for a $33 million deal by selling 3 million shares at a price range of $10 to $12. The Chinese shoe sole firm has been delayed several times and hopes to go public sometime this week.

SynCardia Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: TAHT) will raise $28 million by offering 2.5 million shares for $10 to $12 each. After several delays, the artificial heart manufacturer should begin trading sometime this week.

Cerecor Inc. (Nasdaq: CERCU) is expected to generate $27 million by selling 4.23 million shares at a $6 to $7 price range. The depressive disorder biotech has been pushed back multiple times but is expected to hit the market this week.

Fuling Global Inc. (Nasdaq: FORK) is set for a $25 million deal by offering 5 million shares for $5 each. The Chinese plastic cutlery producer will debut sometime this week.

Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB (Nasdaq: OASM) will generate $20 million by selling 2.9 million shares for $5.75 to $7.75 each. The cancer biotech is delayed from late September but should start trading this week.

Alex McGuire is an associate editor for Money Morning who writes about upcoming IPOs. Follow him on Twitter for all of the biggest IPO news.

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