Don Basile CEO Violin Memory
This week alone, three more are going public:
RingCentral will begin trading on the NYSE on Friday. Shares are priced at $13 and the company will sell 7,420,000 shares while 80,000 more shares will be sold by stakeholders. If the stock proves popular, at $13, the company would raise about $96 million.
RingCentral offers businesses a cloud-based telephone system. All they need is an Internet connection. It had $115 million in revenue in 2012, and a net loss of $35 million. Revenue was $79 million in 2011.
Violin Memory will also debut on Friday. Violin raised gobs of venture funds – $186 million between its first round in 2010 and an $80 million fourth round last year. It will raise $180 million by selling 18,000,000 shares if it investors eat up its top range $10 opening price .
UPDATE: On late Thursday night, Violin priced its shares at $9, to raise $162 million. Investors weren't biting. The stock opened at $7.41, nearly 17% percent down, and as of now, the stock is still trading well below $8.
In its last full year, it earned $74 million and lost $109 million. It was heavily dependent on partner Hewlett-Packard to sell its wares before HP ended that deal about a year ago. Looks like it's recovered. In the first six months of this year, revenues are $51 million, so it could break the $100 million mark.
Violin offers enterprise storage systems based on flash memory, the same memory used in smartphones and thumb drives. This is a particularly hot area of enterprise tech these days but there is also a lot of competition.
Covisint's shares popped nicely in its IPO on Thursday. Covisint wasn't exactly a startup. It began in 2000 as an ecommerce platform for automakers and was sold off to Compuware for a pittance shortly after the Internet-bubble burst. Today it's in the sweet spot of secure cloud services for everything from inter-enterprise communications to hosting cloud apps. Shares opened at $10 and closed at $12.31, up 23%, raising about $60 million.
All of this action follows the successful first day pop for enterprise security company FireEye last week, too.
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