Fiverr, a marketplace for creative and freelancing services, priced shares for its IPO at $21, above the projected range of $18 to $20. 5.3 million shares started trading on the NYSE under the symbol FVRR, and some reports say the offering values the company at $650 million.
In its first trades as a public company, shares jumped over 40 percent, topping $30.
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The Israel-based company, which has had questionable advertising in the past, raised a total of $111 million during its private lifetime. Its investors included Square, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Accel.
Our Editor-in-Chief Alex Wilhelm broke down why the company might be going public a little early (ie. math around its revenue and losses). But Fiverr is doing so anyways, and especially in the recent slew of IPOs, the traditional prerequisites seem meant to be ignored.
This has been a busy week for the private to public cohort. Yesterday, we covered CrowdStrike’s double pop: the company priced above its shares, and then beat that price by 65 percent in first-day trading. Some reports valued the company at $12 billion, and we wrote about why such a big number.
Then today, along with Fiverr, Chewy had some pricing news. The pet company now says its IPO price range is from $19 to $21, up from $17 to $19. The company plans to offer 41.6 million shares.
As Wilhelm put it: [Chewy is] growing, its net losses are coming down. But Chewy’s cash burn on a both operating and a free cash flow basis are trending down. But, it’s 2019, and if Fiverr is going public I don’t see why Chewy can’t.
More when trading (for both) begins.
Illustration: Li-Anne Dias.