Investors most likely did not want to pay the $24–$27 they were asking per share, and the company didn't want to drop the price far enough to spur interest. Also, timing may have played a part: Vantage operates in the Marcellus Shale, and many of those stocks have traded down recently as oil prices have dropped.
So why did this deal not work, but the other energy play, CONE Midstream? That not only priced, but above the range. It's likely because CONE is an MLP and pays a healthy 4.25 percent dividend; Vantage does not.
Here's what can be said about the state of the IPO market:
1) Investors are price-conscious and will not hesitate to push back, as happened with Citizens Financial yesterday, which was forced to lower its IPO price to $21.50 from a $23–$25 range;
2) on the other extreme, investors are willing to pay up big for companies with high-growth potential and cash. Good recent examples are CyberArk, Mobileye, El Pollo Loco, GoPro, and Alibaba.
3) MLPs are still hot, and with good reason. They offer high dividends, and are perceived to be relative stable and transparent while offering growth potential. Three filed yesterday: Hess Midstream, Mammoth Energy and Exmar Energy Partners.
4) Certain tech-related long shot companies have done well. There aren't many, but one example is ReWalk Robotics, which went public a little over a week ago at $12 and is now trading at $30.