..."This is an interesting time for the market because there are several (clean-tech) companies that have been growing very nicely," said Faysal Sohail, managing director of venture fund CMEA Capital, which is an investor in A123.
Sohail declined to comment specifically on A123, but said the whole environment is creating opportunities for clean-tech companies and expects 2010 to be a busy year for green IPOs.
"They are real companies with substantial revenue and growing at a very fast clip," he said.
CMEA Capital also backs companies such as Silicon Valley solar manufacturer Solyndra and biofuel company Codexis, which many see as likely candidates for the IPO market.
Other green companies deemed ripe for an IPO include smart grid network company Silver Spring Networks, electric carmaker Tesla Motors and solar thermal company BrightSource Energy.
Rival lithium-ion battery maker Ener1 Inc also cheered A123's stock performance, which shows how much value there is in the emerging sector.
"It's great for the space. They have done a good job of getting the market excited," Ener1 Chief Executive Charles Gassenheimer told Reuters.
Ener1 went public in 2003, but used a reverse merger with a public shell corporation to do so.
Gassenheimer said the warm reception of the IPO would encourage other clean-tech companies to tap the public markets....MORE