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By Hilary Kramer,

NEW YORK ( InvestorPlace) -- Since the financial crisis, the IPO market has been a yawn. But as the equities markets improved over the last six months, investors have been warming-up to public offerings.

In some cases, the returns have been stunning. Just last week, the car-sharing service, Zipcar (ZIP), saw its shares spike 56% on its first-day of trading. Some other hot ones include Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), Dangdang (DANG) and Youku (YOKU). All have posted 100%+ returns.

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  • So how can individual investors get these types of gains? Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible. For the most part, Wall Street banks allocate IPOs to hedge funds, institutions and wealthy investors. It's a way to make their top clients happy.

    Despite this, there are still opportunities for individual investors. Keep in mind that -- if a company is a game-changer -- there should be ample long-term gains. After all, this was the case with companies like Google (GOOG), (CRM) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG).

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  • And lately, there have certainly been some standout offerings. Let's take a look:

    ServiceSource IPO

    Founded in the late 1990s, ServiceSource (SREV) has been able to build a solid business. ServiceSource helps companies manage their revenue streams, such as from renewals, maintenance and subscription agreements.

    The fact is that this can be a difficult process. But to make things easier, ServiceSource has developed a suite of cloud-based technologies to automate things. Yet the company also realizes that it needs to provide high-end services.

    The ServiceSource platform is a global offering, which is translated into over 30 languages. It also is available for a variety of industries like technology, life sciences and healthcare.

    From 2008 to 2010, revenue increased from $100.3 million to $152.9 million. Thus, ServiceSource trades at about 5 times revenue. While this may seem pricey, it is actually much cheaper than other cloud operators. Consider that is trading 10 times revenue and SuccessFactors (SFSF) is selling at a 14 multiple.

    GNC Holdings IPO

    Of course, GNC Holdings (GNC) is a leading specialty retailer for health and wellness products. On a global basis, it is a dominant player, with over 7,200 locations. Actually, the company is 12 times larger than its next largest rival.

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