Hello and welcome back to This Week’s IPOs, a now-weekly piece in which we bring you the latest and greatest from the world of US-listed technology IPOs.
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This week includes an old friend that can’t seem to get its IPO out the door as well as two new players. So, in our usual fashion, let’s get to know the companies:
Founded in just 2016, this Chinese-based fintech shop helps link lenders and other providers of financial services to those in need. In effect, it’s a platform that links, per its F-1, a “SaaS platform” with a bank or broker through its technology, for example.
It’s a young company, but it put up $87.3 million in top line during the first six months of 2018, leading to a net profit of just over $1.8 million. (The firm’s comprehensive profit was slightly higher.) And it’s growing quickly, nearly tripling its revenue in the June 30, 2018, quarter from the year-ago period.
It’s shooting for $10 to $12 per share, and is expected to price Wednesday and trade Thursday.
Another fintech-ish company, StoneCo is a Brazillian payment processor that works IRL and online. The company (which cites Zappos’s approach to customer service in its F-1!) has some top-flight business speak skills. StoneCo, for example, claims both an “Advanced, End-to-End, Cloud-Based Technology Platform” and “Differentiated Hyper-Local and Integrated Distribution.” Those must be good things.
Rudeness aside, the firm is a beast. StoneCo grew its revenue from $198.8 million in all of 2017 to $164.9 million in the first half of 2018. And while StoneCo lost over $27 million in 2017, it has made $22.7 million in net income thus far in 2018. Not bad!
StoneCo is shooting for $21 to $23 per share, and will price on Wednesday and trade on the Nasdaq this Thursday.
And now, the IPO that isn’t. Or: The IPO that can’t? Regardless, YayYo stays on our radar as IPO-watching services continue to remind us that it exists. Even if it never seems to launch.
YayYo was once, per Crunchbase, “a single-sign-on metasearch app for smartphones that provides price comparison and booking of eventually all available ridesharing and taxi services.” What it will be next isn’t clear.
This hot pile of garbage had revenue in its last year ($235,690) that represents less top line than a top Google engineer expects to be paid in cash alone. Regardless, it’s still theoretically an IPO.
And that’s that for this week, everyone!
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