Education-Tech Company Udemy Falls in Debut After $421 Million IPO
(Bloomberg) -- Education technology company Udemy Inc. fell 5.2% on its first day as a public company, a bottom-of-the-class debut in a banner year for U.S. listings.
Shares of the San Francisco-based Udemy, which sold for $29 in the IPO, closed at $27.50 in New York trading Friday, giving the company a market value of about $3.8 billion.
Udemy sold 14.5 million shares Thursday at the top of a marketed range of $27 to $29 to raise $421 million. Accounting for employee stock options, the company has a fully diluted value of more than $4.3 billion. The company was valued at $3.3 billion in a private investment last year, according to data provider PitchBook.
In a year in which IPOs have eclipsed previous records, Udemy’s is one of only 34 out of almost 200 listings of $200 million or more in which the stock closed on the first day below the offer price, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Udemy ranked 25th worst of those, excluding blank-check companies, the data show.
Udemy’s biggest investor is Insight Partners, which with its affiliates owns more than 30% of the company’s shares after the listing. Other top shareholders, according to Udemy’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, include MIH Edtech Investments, which is a unit of Prosus NV, and Norwest Venture Partners.
Udemy’s revenue for the first six months of the year was $251 million, up from $201 million the year before. Its net loss narrowed to $29 million from $52 million a year ago.
Udemy provides online video courses across a variety of categories, including web development, marketing and business. The company said it had more than 201 million course enrollments last year with over 44 million users globally.
Its corporate customers include Citigroup Inc., Jaguar Land Rover, PayPal Holdings Inc. and Box Inc.
In the risk-factors section of the prospectus, Udemy acknowledges that it’s in a highly competitive market which includes Coursera Inc., Pluralsight Inc. and LinkedIn Learning.
Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co. led the offering. The company’s shares are trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol UDMY.
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