Where The Dropbox IPO Ranks Among Recent Tech Offerings

Dropbox price IPO at $21 and lures investors

Dropbox signals high demand in tech stock IPO

Dropbox priced its Initial Public Offering above expectations at $21 USA per share on Thursday night, setting the stage for the software company's stock to hit the public market on Friday. InvestorPlace.com analyst Tom Taulli suggests that "in the case of Dropbox, investors get a chance to get exposure to a next-generation tech company, which is a proven business model". And just before its IPO, they had placed their expected pricing range at $18-20, which means Dropbox, which is listed on the Nasdaq with the ticker symbol DBX, could be valued at $7.9 to $8.8 billion.

According to Reuters, on Wednesday Dropbox raised the price range for its initial public offering by $2 on "strong demand". For instance, investors had to wait for nearly a year before Snapchat's shares rebounded and started trading above its June 2017 IPO price of $17 per share. Dropbox gives away a basic level of storage for nothing but charges for premium services, including pricier business subscriptions. Dropbox reported more than $1 billion in 2017 revenue and 500 million registered users when its plan to go public was unveiled last month.

Dropbox has been facing steep expenses driven by a growing R&D budget but became free-cash-flow positive in 2016.

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The offering values Dropbox now at $9.2 billion. A decade after its founding, Dropbox is now a publicly traded company starting Friday, March 23, 2018.

Dropbox has made a public offering this time around. For example, Andrew Houston, the co-founder and CEO, will have 24% of the company, while the the venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital will own a 25% stake.

The company will also use this time in the limelight to inform users of its different functions.

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Dropbox, which lets users store, share and collaborate on documents, photos and other files online, is among the older of the so-called billion-dollar startups.

The consumers who are looking for a deal in cloud storage may ignore Dropbox as they can go for more liberal cloud storage like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple. The company can also boast $1.1 billion in revenue with 11 million paying users. Its full-year net loss almost halved from the $210.2 million in 2016.

Goldman Sachs & Co LLC, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank Securities, Allen & Company LLC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are among lead underwriters to the offering.

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