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Dropbox To Raise $648M In IPO, To Sell 36M Shares At $16 To $18 A Share Even As Valuation Dips To $7b


Dropbox Inc. on Monday file for an initial public offering (IPO) 36 million shares, giving the organisation an over $7 billion valuation.

Dropbox, which intends to raise $648 million at the best end of the range, anticipates that its introduction price will anything between $16 and $18 per share.

The investment arm of Salesforce has consented to purchase $1 million of Dropbox’s Class A common stock privately at a cost for each offer equivalent to the IPO.

Before now, some funding rounds had valued the San Francisco-based Dropbox at $10b even though some others were doubtful. There has been a dispute between the figures provided venture capitalist companies and Wall Street for a long time now. From Snapchat to Spotify and now Dropbox, going public has proved difficult for new comers with the exception of Jack Ma’s Alibaba.

The three billion dollar drop in valuation is a pointer to disparities between private funders who want these companies to remain private and public investors.

Dropbox reported $1.1 billion in revenue a year ago up 30 percent from 2016 when revenue stood at $845 million, with a net loss of $111 million. It has in excess of 500 million enlisted users, including 11 million paying users.

With Spotify likely heading for an IPO in the coming weeks, Wall Street may be able to lay the blame further at the door of venture capitalists.

According to Reuters, “Dropbox also revealed that it had sold $100 million worth of stock to Salesforce Ventures in a private transaction. Those shares will be sold at the final IPO price and will be subject to a lockup period.”

Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase and Co., Deutsche Bank AG and Allen and Co. are the offering leaders. The organisation intends to list on Nasdaq Global Select Market under the DBX symbol.

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