Subscription biller Zuora was well-received by stock exchange investors on Thursday, following its public debut. After pricing its IPO at $14 and raising $154 million, the company closed at $20, valuing the company around$ 2 billion.
It was also much higher than expected. The company said in its filings that it planned to cost its shares between$ 9 and $11, before it raised that scope to $11 to $13.
Founder and CEO Tien Tzuo told TechCrunch that he believes” a bet on us is really a bet on an entire change to a new business model, to a subscription economy .” He is optimistic that subscriptions are the” business model of the future .”
Zuora assures itself as an early pioneer in a growing category. The company believes that more industries will change their business models to subscriptions, across sectors like media and entertainment, transportation, publishing, industrial goods and retail.
It helps its 950 clients manage subscriptions, including billing and revenue recognition. Zuora touts that it has 15 of the Fortune 100 business as clients.
Zuora’s revenue for its fiscal 2018 year was $167.9 million. This was up from $113 million in 2017 and $92.2 million the year before. Losses remained constant in this time frame, from $48.2 million in 2016 to $47.2 million in 2018.
” We have a history of net losses, foresee increasing our operating expense in the future, and may not attains or sustain profitability ,” advised the requisite risk factors section of the filing.
It also recognise a competitive scenery. Oracle and SAP are amongst the companies offering software in the ERP( enterprise resource planning) category. It also competes with other startups like Chargebee and Chargify .
The largest stockholders are Benchmark, which owned 11.1 percent prior to the IPO. Founder and CEO Tien Tzuo owned 10.2 percentage. Others with a significant stake included Wellington Management, Shasta Ventures, Tenaya Capital and Redpoint.
The San Mateo, Calif.-based company previously created more than $240 million, dating back to 2007.
Zuora listed on the New York Stock Exchange, for the purposes of the ticker “ZUO.” Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley ran as lead underwriters on the deal. Fenwick& West and Wilson Sonsini served as counsel.
After a slow start to the year for tech IPOs, there has been a flurry of activity in recent weeks. Dropbox and Spotify were amongst the recent public debuts. We also have DocuSign, Pivotal and Smartsheet on the horizon.
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