CrowdStrike Raises $612 Million as IPO Tech Rush Continues




 

(Bloomberg) -- Software maker CrowdStrike Holdings Inc. raised $612 million in one of the biggest-ever initial public offerings for a cybersecurity company.

CrowdStrike sold 18 million shares on Tuesday at $34 each, above its already elevated target range, the company said in a statement confirming an earlier report by Bloomberg. The Sunnyvale, California-based company had marketed the shares for $28 to $30, a target range it had earlier raised from $19 to $23.

The offering values the company at more than $6.6 billion based on the shares outstanding as listed in its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That's more than double the $3 billion valuation last June when it raised about $200 million in a private funding round.

Founded in 2011 by former McAfee Inc. executives, CrowdStrike makes software to protect clients from cyberattacks, including predicting and detecting potential hacks. Its clients include Amazon.com Inc. and HSBC Holdings Plc, according to its filings.

Like many of the crop of tech IPO hopefuls, CrowdStrike is unprofitable. It reported a net loss of $140 million on revenue of $250 million for the year ended Jan. 31, compared with a net loss of $135 million on revenue of $119 million in the same period a year earlier, its filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission show.

IPO Wave

Uber Technologies Inc.'s $8.1 billion offering is the year's biggest, followed by smaller ride-hailing rival Lyft Inc.'s $2.34 billion IPO as well as the $2.9 billion listing by Avantor Inc., a chemical maker for the life sciences industry. Other tech-related listings this year have included Pinterest Inc. and Zoom Video Communications Inc. So far the results have been mixed for investors: While Lyft has crashed 19% from its offer price, Zoom Video remains the fourth-best performing U.S. IPO of 2019, with its shares up 183%.

Slack Technologies Inc. is set to go public next week in an unusual direct listing. Other tech related companies considering IPOs include Peloton Interactive Inc., Postmates Inc., and WeWork Cos.

CrowdStrike has said that it had raised $200 million in a funding round led by General Atlantic, Accel and IVP that valued the business at more than $3 billion. Alphabet Inc.'s growth equity arm CapitalG also took part in the fundraising. The company has raised more than $450 million since its founding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Because CrowdStrike's Class B stock carry 10 votes per share compared to one each for Class A shares, executives directors and current investors will control about 75% of the voting rights of the company after the IPO, according to the filing.

CrowdStrike's IPO was led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp. and Barclays Plc. The company's shares are expected to begin trading Wednesday on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CRWD.

(Updates with valuation in third paragraph.)

To contact the reporters on this story: Crystal Tse in Hong Kong at ctse44@bloomberg.net;Liana Baker in New York at lbaker75@bloomberg.net

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