Technology

Your Father’s Enterprise SaaS Company

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI $17-19) will be returning to the public markets this week after being taken private by private equity firms Silver Lake and Thoma Bravo in February of 2016 in a $4.5B deal. In the middle of the range, the company would have a market capitalization of $5.4B. Post-IPO these PE companies will still…

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Weaponized Analytics?

This week the deal we are digging into is Anaplan (NYSE: $PLAN) which priced last night at $17, well above the proposed range of $13-15. It’s a good old-fashioned enterprise SaaS company at the highest end of the “enterprise performance management” segment. Earlier this year we saw Adaptive Insights ($ADIN) get snatched from the IPO…

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Super Elastic Bubble Plastic

The Elastic IPO (NYSE: ESTC) will price tonight. The price was bumped up to $33-35 but given the company position in software infrastructure the shares should still perform well from that level. We have our summary comments below but investors in this one will want to review the ESTC prospectus and read our transcript of…

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Ask the Monkey

The much-anticipated SurveyMonkey ($SVMK) IPO is scheduled for tonight. The proposed price range remains $9-11. For a relatively small deal (13.5M shares) there are a lot of banks on the cover – 11 in all with JPM, Allen, and BofA leading the charge. Online surveys are a niche market but SurveyMonkey has emerged as a…

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The Eventbrite IPO

If you attend conferences, go to meetups or see local talent at smaller venues you have probably used Eventbrite (NYSE – $EB). Their IPO is scheduled for tonight (Wednesday) by Goldman, JPM, Allen and a few others. The proposed price range was just bumped up to $21 to $23/share. EB makes their money with ticket…

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Sonos Powers into Digital Audio

Sonos ($SONO) is ready for their IPO closeup. This week they plan to come to market on Wednesday night and the deal is already well oversubscribed. The current range is $17-19 on 14m shares. Less than half the shares are being sold by the company, most are from selling shareholders. Here are links to the…

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What is this Opera about?

After two decades Opera Software (NASDAQ OPRA $10-12) has launched an IPO in the US. The deal is expected to price today, July 26th for trading tomorrow. Growth is being driven by the new Opera News product which fills a gap for users wanting a personalized experience – especially outside of developed countries and with…

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Domo Shoots for the Moon

Domo ($DOMO) has attracted a fair bit of negative press as their IPO comes to market. Charismatic CEOs tend to be lightning rods for press attention. This deal reminds me a little of Switch (SWCH) or Snap (SNAP). Some of the negative press is around “related transactions” which includes some services from “friends and family”…

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The Astonishing Avalara

After filing for an IPO with a $19 to $21 range, Avalara ($AVLR) increased the range to $21 to $23 and then priced above-the-range last night at $24. It’s not surprising because the story behind this enterprise cloud software company is a great one. It’s “astonishing” because it comes in an area that’s typically a…

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Can Carbon Black Compete?

The information security market keeps growing as customers struggle to adapt to new threats and risks while maintaining a mass of existing technologies, solutions and practices. Companies have done fairly well protecting their networks but their ability to control the devices attaching to the network is limited. These “endpoints” must be made secure in order…

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