With more than 200 companies in the IPO pipeline, we could spend days trying to figure out which will actually go public next year. And, there are a lot of candidates. Fortunately, the San Francisco Chronicle did the heavy lifting on this one and highlighted six of the most interesting:

1. The no-brainer: it’s pretty much accepted at this point, that Facebook is going to go public next year, if for no other reason than the 500-shareholder rule (or the Silicon Valley talent war). It’s coming. It will be the year’s BIG IPO event, thanks to the expected $10 bn capital raise and $100 bn valuation.

2. The comeback: Univision used to be publicly traded, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle, ‘if anything, the company has gotten even stronger in the interim.’ It’s a frequent winner against major networks in the US … in prime-time ratings.

3. The upscale deal: let’s see if Gilt Groupe can make a better run of it than Groupon. The company has a strong management team and has been able ‘to adapt and alter its model’, notes the San Francisco Chronicle. Online deals sites have struggled, with LivingSocial taking another venture capital round instead of going for an IPO, but there’s plenty of optimism around Gilt Groupe.

4. The voice of the consumer: Yelp has a large user base that likes to come back. And, it fits squarely in the consumer internet category that’s been so popular this year. Though it isn’t profitable, Yelp has improved year over year.

5. The black helicopters: doubtless, the conspiracy theorists will have an absolute blast when the Carlyle Group goes public. The private equity firm is ostensibly looking for an exit for its partners. Interestingly, it’s $8.5 bn valuation is half that of competitor Blackstone, even though the assets managed by the two firms are of similar size.

6. The government spin-off: Ally Financial used to be the finance division of General Motors, when it went under the name GMAC. Well, the feds own 74 percent of it now, thanks to the 2008 financial crisis and the company’s involvement in residential mortgages. Maybe the taxpayers will benefit from this IPO.

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Source: San Francisco Chronicle