By the OGJ Online Staff
HOUSTON, June 7 -- Trading for Torch Offshore Inc., New Orleans, opened Thursday on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol TORC at $18.10/share, beating its initial public offering estimated price of $16/share.
Established in 1978, Torch Offshore operates a fleet of vessels engaged in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction for the oil and gas industry.
Throughout the first day of trading, the stock sold for between $16.53-$19/share. It closed at $16.63/share on a volume of 6.26 million shares.
UBS Warburg LLC was the lead manager of the offering. CIBC World Markets and Howard Weil, a division of Legg Mason Wood Walker Inc., were comanagers.
Allen Brooks, CIBC World Markets oil field services analyst, told OGJ Online, "It's a good little company that came out at the right time."
The industry's emphasis on deepwater drilling helped attract interest in the IPO, he said.